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Amritsar tragedy: Punjab Chief Minister announces time-bound probe | Amritsar news



AMRITSAR: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a time-bound investigation into the Amritsar rail accident, which claimed 59 lives on Friday night. Amarinder spoke with journalists on Saturday, saying that the investigation would be made by Jalandhar's Divisional Representative, who would submit the report within four weeks.

At the same time, the CM clarified that action will be taken against those responsible for the tragedy as soon as the investigation report is available. Amarinder added that the incident killed 59 people and injured another 57, while nine had yet to be identified.

The memorial service in Amritsar district would last until Monday, and the national flag would fly half mast and all educational facilities would remain closed during that time, he said. "The probe will cover all aspects of the tragedy, including any flaws in any part of the railroad," the CM added.

Amarinder visited hospitals where injured people were admitted and the scene of the accident. He said that a three-part crisis management group chaired by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra would camp in Amritsar for as long as it needed to monitor and support relief operations.

The other two members of the group include Finance Minister Sukbinder Singh Sarkaria and Minister of Forests Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.

"High-ranking police officers were also asked to stay in Amritsar until they have to make sure the situation is stabilizing," the CM said.

Asked why it took him so long to reach Amritsar, he said he was on his way to Tel Aviv and he was at the airport when he received the news of the accident. "I wanted to visit Amritsar myself on Friday night, but was advised by the district administrations that the VIP movement should not distract from the urgent rescue and relief efforts needed at this hour," the CM said.

He said that the Punjab government has already announced a free treatment for the injured in all government and private hospitals in the district, in addition to Rs 5 lakh in compensation for the families of those killed.


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