On the eve of Dusshera, a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of ‘good over evil’, a train ran over people gathered to watch ‘Ravana Dahan’ in Amritsar. Over 60 people lost their lives, and several others were injured due to the train mishap last night on the Amritsar-Manawala section.
The Dussehra event was organised near the railway tracks and thousands of people had gathered there to enjoy the end of towering effigies of Ravana and watch the fireworks. But this Vijay Dashmi proved no more to be a festival of joy for those who lost their lives in the train accident which killed more than 50 people in just about 4 seconds.
Mrs. Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest for the event, revealed that she was delivering a speech at the time when the Ravana statue was about to be burned, and she mentioned that she had left 15 minutes before the accident took place. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said, “We will do everything possible to assist the injured.”
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, President Mr. Ramnath Kovind and Congress’ President Mr. Rahul Gandhi have also tweeted to express sympathy towards the victims. But only further investigation can determine how and why the crowd was aligned over the railway tracks and who is responsible for it.
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways, tweeted “Railway is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations”. He has also cancelled his engagements in the US and is immediately returning to India. It is a matter of concern for both the state’s government and the railway ministry – as the political battle to shift the burden and blame over each other and looking for scapegoats has already started.