Sidhu's wife blames Railways for accident..More than 50 feared dead, most from Bihar, UP

Amritsar, Oct 19: Wife of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has blamed the crowd and Railways for the death of over 70 people who were enjoying Ravan Dahan. These people were run over by a speeding train. Sidhu's wife was the chief guest and many family members of the victims accused her of running away after the incident. However Sidhu's wife denied the allegations saying that incident happened 15 minutes after she left. She said that she then visited the hopsital to interact with the victims.     "The effigy of Ravan was burnt & I had just left the site when the incident happened. Priority is to get the injured treated. Dussehra celebrations are held there every year. People who are doing politics over this incident should be ashamed," said Navjot Kaur Sidhu.Here's her detailed statement.Most of the victims are from UP and BiharMeanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced compensation of Rs five lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the Amritsar train accident Friday and said he was rushing to the spot to personally supervise rescue and relief operations.At least 50 people were killed when a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.The Chief Minister also announced free treatment to all injured in the accident."Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue in tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar. My government will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on war footing," Singh tweeted.The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar when the incident occurred in the evening at Joda Phatak. At least 300 people were at the spot watching 'Ravana dahan' at a ground near the tracks.Sub Divisional Magistrate, Amritsar I, Rajesh Sharma said 50 bodies have been found and at least 50 injured have been admitted to a government hospital.Officials said the toll may be higher.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 said.However, two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape, they saidSeveral people were mowed down by one of the trains, they added.News24 Bureau/ PTI