Navjot Singh Sindhu questions ‘clean chit’ to loco-pilot amid demands for his resignation


By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: October 21, 2018 8:35:37 pm


Navjot Singh Sidhu meets the injured at Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Sunday. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Punjab tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday visited hospitals and met with these injured in Friday’s prepare accident when 59 Dussehra revellers had been killed at Jora Phatak close to Amritsar.

At civil hospital in Amritsar, Vicky Sanotra, who misplaced his son Vasu Sanotra, 17, questioned Sidhu if he would accompany him to register an FIR towards the native Congress councillor, who was the primary organiser of the Dussehra occasion. Sidhu replied, “Bhai, iss baare mein hum baithkar baat karenge (Brother, we are going to sit and discuss this later).”

Sidhu is going through flak from the BJP and SAD over the incident as his spouse Navjot Kaur Sidhu was the chief visitor on the Dussehra celebration at Jora Phatak in Dhobi Ghat space. SAD demanded fast sacking of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and registration of a homicide case towards his spouse Navjot Kaur Sidhu was who the chief visitor on the occasion in addition to the occasion organisers.

SAD has additionally demanded for a judicial probe into the incident within the Punjab and Haryana Court. On the Opposition demand for his resignation, Sidhu mentioned: “Anything else, anything else, anything else… No comments.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu meets the injured at Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Sunday. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

In a video that has gone viral on social media, a stage supervisor was seen boasting to Navjot Kaur about 5,000 individuals standing on the railway tracks.  Reacting to video, the couple informed The Sunday Express individually that bulletins had been repeatedly made on the Dhobi Ghat Dussehra celebration asking individuals to watch out for passing trains.

Navjot Kaur mentioned that she is discovering out if the organisers had taken the requisite permission for the occasion or not. Navjot Singh Sidhu, the MLA from Amritsar East, during which Dhobi Ghat floor is situated, was not current on the perform. He was away in Kozhikode.

Slamming the Indian railways, Navjot Singh questioned as to why the loco-pilot of the prepare was given a ‘clean chit’ in in the future of the incident. “What sort of commission did you set up that you gave a clean chit to him (loco-pilot) in one day. Either the driver was permanent or he was engaged for one day. Why do not, you say?” mentioned Sidhu.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, spouse of Punjab minister of Tourism, Cultural Affairs comes out of a hospital after enquiring in regards to the nicely being of prepare accident victims. (Source: PTI)

Meanwhile, police mentioned that permission was given for occasions at 20 locations in Dhobi Ghat. “We gave permission for a certain event in a certain area, now obviously there is no permission to be on the tracks or anything. Lapses are under inquiry. We had security for the whole city including the main venue and the function venue,” SS Shrivastava, Commissioner of Police, Amritsar was quoted as saying by ANI.

Earlier within the day,  protesting locals clashed with police and resorted to stone pelting after they had been faraway from the tracks. The protestors raised slogans towards the state authorities and demanded Sidhu to resign as minister.

Meanwhile, services on the railway observe at Jora Phatak resumed 40 hours after the horrific accident. According to a Railway spokesperson, they bought clearance to function on the part at 12.30 pm and First items prepare began from Manawala to Amritsar at 1416 hours. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Railways), Firozpur Division, S Sudharkar informed PTI, “Train services have resumed on the affected rail track (Joda Phatak). A goods train was allowed to run on this track.”

Amid political backwards and forwards over the difficulty, state chief minister Amarinder Singh is scheduled to attend conferences in Israel on Monday to signal three MOUs. He was scheduled to go to Israel on Oct 19 however the go to was canceled in wake of the prepare tragedy.

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