The Government Railways Police (GRP) has summoned Arvind Kumar, the driver of the local Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train that crushed 61 Dussehra revellers in Amritsar, to join its probe into the accident. The GRP has also summoned organiser of the Dussehra event, Sourab Mithu Madan.
The driver has been summoned for the first time by any agency, and ten days after registration of an FIR at GRP police station, Amritsar against unidentified persons.
“We have summoned driver Arvind Kumar and also Sourab Mithu Madan. But no date of appearance is fixed yet,” said Daljit Singh while talking to The Indian Express.
A case was registered under Sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC. ADGP, Railways, Iqbal Singh Sahota had formed a special investigation team (SIT) to look into accident four days after the accident.
The SIT is headed by AIG, Railways, Daljit Singh.
Meanwhile, Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B Purushartha, who is heading the magistrate probe ordered by the Punjab government, has also summoned Sourab Mithu Madan to appear before him on Tuesday. He, however, is yet to summon the train driver.
“I have summoned Sourab Mithu Madan to appear on Tuesday. I have also summoned some railway officials. But train driver Arvind Kumar and guard Amit Singh have not been summoned yet,” said Purushartha, adding that 27 people have appeared before him to record their statements as part of public hearing called on Tuesday.
Congress leader Sourab Mithu Madan, whose mother Vijay Madan is the councilor of ward number 29, had organised the event on Dussehra day. Recently, Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had defended Sourab Mithu Madan, while questioning the conduct of driver Arvind Kumar.