Amritsar train accident: Alia Bhatt blames ‘poor attitude towards caution and safety,’ fans not convinced


The tragic train accident killing more than 60 people in Amritsar in Punjab has left the country in the state of mourning. While the Punjab government has announced a cash compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the additional monetary of Rs 2 lakh each.

The news evoked strong reactions on social media from commentators, politicians and celebrities alike. The opinion appeared divided on who exactly should have been held accountable for the tragedy. Some demanded the resignation of Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who was in the US at the time of the accident. Other blamed Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu for allegedly leaving the spot soon after the accident.

Navjot Kaur, the wife of the Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu, was the chief guest of the dussehra event. Over 60 people were run over by a speeding train as they watched the dussehra celebrations. A significantly large group of people blamed the organisers of the dussehra event for holding the annual celebrations so close to a railway track. The victims too came under criticism for not employing care while watching the celebrations from an active railway track.

Meanwhile, actor Alia Bhatt has tweeted, blaming ‘our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety.’ She wrote, “The #AmritsarTrainAccident is heartbreaking! Terrible terrible thing to have happened..This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety.. Prayers for all those suffering.”

The Udta Punjab actor’s tweet evoked mixed reactions from her fans with many saying that they were not convinced with her conclusion. One wrote, “Madam it is an accident. Kisine jaan buch Kar nahi kia hai.” “Safety? ? Whose fault is this? Why they celebrate program so close to the track? So mindless,” wrote another. One fan commented, “Raise your voice against administration apathy instead of just sending sympathetic tweets. You are now an icon and in position to influence people.”

In 2016, Alia’s Udta Punjab, which explored the rampant drug culture of Punjab had received rave reviews from critics.

Among other Bollywood artists, who expressed their condolences on the tragedy were Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Kapil Sharma among others. Here is how they reacted:

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