Punjab

Fifteen years on; government fails to compensate families of rail accident victims

dilbag singh | November 22, 2021 03:56 PM

 

NURMAHAL  Even after  fifteen years  the state government has failed   to release the full compensation announced for the next of kin of the four victims of the November 23, 2006, train mishap near Gumtala village.

Four girls were killed when their vehicle was hit by a train on Phillaur- Nurmahal rail section near Gumtala village on November 6, 2006.

Aashia of class XI, Daljinder Kaur of BA-I and Kiranjit Kaur of BA-III, all residents of Pasla village, were killed on the spot. Rajvir Kaur of Gumtali village succumbed to her injuries on December 14,2006. They were students of PTM Arya College, Nurmahal.

The government had announced Rs 5 Lakh each for the deceased's kin and Rs 50,000 for the families of injured. The government had handed over Rs
1 Lakh to families of the deceased. An amount of Rs 20,000 was given to the kin of the seriously injured victims. The families say they have approached the authorities time and again over the past fourteen
years, but of no avail.

Locals say that during the Vidhan Sabha elections, SAD-BJP and Congress leaders had promised that the compensation would be paid immediately, but of no avail.

College managing committee chairman
Om Parkash Kundi and college principal Doctor Tajindar Kaur  urged the Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to release the amount without any further delay.

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