Navjaut Kaur Sidhu was guest at Dussehra event when train ran over people, denies leaving after accident


Punjab Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who is also the wife the state’s tourism minister, Navjot Sidhu, was the chief guest the dussehra event when the train rain over the people, watching the burning of Ravan in Amritsar. She has denied allegations that she left the place even after more than 50 people were killed in a train accident.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu said that those trying to do politics even in the time of tragedy should be ashamed. She said she had left the place soon after the locals had set Ravan’s effigy on fire. Navjot Kaur Sidhu said, “I heard about the deaths only after returning home. I called the Police Commissioner and I asked if I should come back, but he said there was way too much chaos. So I decided that I should at least save the ones who were injured, and take them to the hospital for treatment.”

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh too reached the spot quickly after he announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the relatives of those killed in the accident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed his sorrow on the accident. He tweeted, “Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.”

He too said that he had approved Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of those killed.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi too expressed his condolences. He wrote, “The train accident in Punjab in which over 50 people have died is shocking. I urge the state government & Congress workers to provide immediate relief at the accident site. My condolences to the families of those who have died. I pray that the injured make a speedy recovery.”

A speeding train ( DMU train number 74943) had run over the crowd who were watching the burning of Ravan’s effigy in Choura Bazar near Amritsar. on Friday night. More than 50 are believed to have been killed. However, the death toll could go significantly higher.