Amritsar train mishap: Navjot Sidhu distributes Rs 5 lakh cheques to kin of victims

Updated:2 months, 4 weeks ago IST

Amritsar (Punjab), Oct 22 (ANI): Punjab Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday distributed compensation cheques of Rs 5 lakh from Punjab government to kin of those who died in the dreadful Amritsar train mishap. The accident took place in Choura Bazar near Jhoda Phatak area of Amritsar on October 19 after a train ran over the crowd, standing along railway tracks, to watch an effigy of Ravan being burnt. At least 60 people died while over 50 sustained injuries in the tragedy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh for the families of those killed in the train tragedy, along with Rs 50,000 for the injured. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. He has also ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter.

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