Squarely under attack, the Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that train running over Dussehra revellers in Amritsar was an accident and that nobody had done it intentionally.
He rushed to Amritsar today as he had been out of Punjab on Friday and also visited the under treatment in the hospital.
Later talking to the media persons, he said that the accident was a big negligence and asked his detractors not to do politics over the incident.
He said, “It was an unfortunate incident. I talked to a few people who told me that some people were standing on the rail track and some were sitting on a stone near the track,” the minister said.
Defending his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was accused of leaving the accident site without bothering about the victims, the state culture minister said she was attending to patients at the hospital when allegations were being levelled against her.
He went on to say that he fought elections from Amritsar because of his wife and that she has been working here.
The Congress leader visited local hospitals and met the patients and their relatives on Saturday morning.
He also requested not to give the incident a “political shape”.
Sixty people celebrating Dussehra were killed after a train ran over hundreds standing on a railway track in
Amritsar on Friday evening.
The tracks at Jaura Phatak were on higher ground, which gave a better view of the burning effigy of Ravana.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia had also accused the former local MLA of “running away from the accident site”.>