Amritsar train tragedy: Magisterial probe clean chit to Sidhus

In a reprieve for Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife, former Amritsar-East MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the magisterial probe has not held them guilty on any count for the October 20 Dasehra tragedy in which 59 persons were run over by a train.Instead, the 300-page report by Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B Purushartha has indicted officials of the Amritsar administration and Municipal Corporation, besides the Railways and the police, saying they did not do their duty properly, leading to the loss of so many lives. Sources said the Chief Minister would soon announce action taken on the report. The Purushartha report has specially pointed out that the organisers of the event, including councillor’s Vijay Madan’s son Mithu Madan, who is a close aide of the Sidhu couple, did not take proper permission for the event and did not care for the management of the crowd.

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