Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu have been given clean chit by in a magistrate inquiry in the Amritsar train tragedy on Thursday. Sourab Mithu Madan, the local organiser, has been indicted in the incident. Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a former legislator, was the chief guest at the Dussehra event.
B Purushartha, Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar, was the Special Executive Magistrate looking into the Amritsar train tragedy.
The report places responsibility on Sourab Mithu Madan, who is the president of Dussehra Committee (East) and son of a Congress councillor, stating that he should have ensured safety of the people as he had chosen the venue.
A magistrate inquiry has also indicted the Amritsar district administration, the municipal corporation, local police and railway employees for the incident.
Sixty one people were killed in the train tragedy in Amritsar. The victims were among those who were in attendance for a Dussehra event organised by Madan.
Madan was seen fleeing from the scene after the tragedy took place. He has been reported to be missing by media since the tragedy took place.
Madan, was recently seen walking behind Navjot Singh Sidhu at the Attari Wagah border, on November 29, when the Congress leader returned from his Pakistan visit. He was seen walking right behind Sidhu clapping his hands as the Congress leader waved at the crowd.
In the aftermath of the train accident in Amritsar, investigations revealed that the function was held at that location without getting proper permissions from the state and local authorities. While accepting there was negligence on all ends, Sidhu, a day after the incident, stated that it wasn't intentional.
"No one has done this on purpose. It was negligence and when I say negligence, many would have still not understood their responsibility. But no one intended to do it. It was no one's motive. And the other thing is that many times, man feels helpless in front of god's will. This is an accident. No one has done anything on purpose. So don't level wrong allegations, don't play politics over it."