New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 20: After the major train mishap in Punjab, now the investigation has reached the second stage where bouts of allegations and counter-allegations have begun.According to the latest documents, Dussehra committee had written a letter to police seeking security arrangements for Dussehra celebrations at Dhobi Ghat, Golden Avenue in Amritsar. Assistant Sub-Inspector Daljeet Singh reverted that police have no objections in this regard.Now this means that the police were very much in the know-how of the event and it cannot wash off its hand and shrug its responsibilities.Same way Amritsar Municipal Corporation made its stand clear and said that no permission was granted to hold Dussehra celebrations at 'Dhobi ghat' ground."Nobody was given the permission for organising the Dussehra event. Moreover, nobody had applied for the permission with the Amritsar Municipal Corporation," Amritsar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sonali Giri said.
The commissioner said unlike last year, the event was held on a large scale on Friday evening."Last year, the scale of the function was not as big as it was witnessed on Friday evening," she said, adding there was also a small temple at the ground.Navjot Kaur Sidhu, former MLA, and wife of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, was the chief guest of the event.The event was reportedly organised by Saurabh Madan, husband of Congress Councillor Vijay Madan. Posters of Navjot Singh Sidhu, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, councilor Saurbah Madan and his wife Vijay Madan were displayed at the event.Opposition parties, including the Akali Dal, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party have demanded strict action against those who gave permission for holding the event.They have also held the Congress-led Punjab government responsible for allowing the Dussehra celebrations near the railway track.At the time of the tragic incident, at least 300 people were watching 'Ravana dahan' at the ground adjacent to the elevated rail tracks.As the effigy was lit and the fireworks went off, a section of the crowd started retreating towards the tracks where a large number of people were already standing to watch the event, officials had said.Two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little time for people to escape, they said.