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Punjab government to set strict guidelines for religious event after Amritsar accident: CM Amarinder Singh

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Amritsar | Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed state Home secretary NS Khalsi to prepare detailed guidelines for permission to hold religious and social gatherings after the train accident in Amristar killed 59 people during Dusherra.

According to a statement issued by the state government, “The prepared guidelines by the Home Secretary should clearly define the rules and regulations for holding such events in any part of the state, on any occasion, as per the directives of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh”. The Home Secretary has also asked to issue an immediate advisory for sale and storage of crackers for the upcoming Diwali festivities, to ensure strict adherence to the safety rules and guidelines.

Earlier on October 19 during the Dushera celebration around 59 people were died in  Jora Phatak area of Amritsar when a train ran over people gathered in the area to watch the burning the effigy of Ravana. According to media reports around 300 people had gathered around the area for effigy burning, when a train ran over them, trampling many of them including women and children to death.

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