Amritsar (Punjab): Saurabh Madan Mithu, the organiser of the Dussehra event in Amritsar’s Choura Bazar area, on Wednesday denied responsibility of the accident in which nearly 60 people lost their lives after being crushed by a speeding train. He also added that a thorough investigation should be conducted into the matter at the earliest.
“I am not at all responsible for the accident as I organised the event within the permitted boundary. There was an 8-feet tall boundary wall between the event venue and railway land. People came and stood there. We even made the announcements and told them to move. Nobody realised that those two trains were moving in their direction,” Mithu told ANI.
The organiser also clarified that he had sought permission from the police to organise the event and urged the authorities to deploy more security personnel as they were expecting a good footfall. The accident took place on October 19 in Choura Bazar near Jhoda Phatak area of Amritsar after a train ran over the crowd, standing along train tracks to watch an effigy of Ravan being burnt.
At least 59 people died while 57 sustained injuries in the tragedy.