After one year since the tragic train accident happened in the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab, families of those who lost their lives during Dusshera in October last year, are still yearning for due justice and are all set to take out a protest march on the railway tracks in the city today.
Punjab: Families of the victims of 2018 Amritsar train accident take out a protest march in Amritsar; say "It has been a year but justice has not been meted out to us yet. So we are going to sit on protest on railway track. We had to do several rounds of offices the entire year." pic.twitter.com/KFPG3mcHp8— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2019
Meanwhile, Amritsar DCP Jagmohan Singh, while talking about the protest that the family members are planning to organize on Tuesday, said that the police have informed the Railways Authority and that police forces have been deployed on the tracks. He also said that if the protesters try and go towards the tracks, the duty officers won’t let that happen.
Amritsar DCP Jagmohan Singh: We have informed the Railways authority, our forces have been stationed there. If they go to railway track, GRP's (Government Railway Police) duty officer will not allow them there. #Punjab https://t.co/pDPlipEFfv pic.twitter.com/HB5PfUHeHk— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2019
The incident that took place on Dussehra last year, turned into a tragedy that shook the nation to the core. Nearly 60 people were killed and several injured after two trains mowed down around 150 people who stood on the railway tracks watching the effigy of burning Ravana near Amritsar.
It was estimated that around 300 spectators were present at the Dhobi Ghat ground, which is almost a couple of kilometres away from the Amritsar railway station that day. The tragedy hit when train no. 74643 Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU ran over those, who chose to come on the tracks to get a better view of the fireworks.
However, the tragedy did not end at that. Before the survivors could grasp a sense of what had happened, a second train- Amritsar-Howrah Express came speeding on to the railway tracks and onto the people who had jumped to the second track in order to escape the train.
(With ANI Inputs)