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Shiv Sena’s Saamana compares Amritsar train accident with Jallianwala Bagh massacre

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An editorial in the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece says Friday’s train accident in Amritsar, in which dozens were killed, brings back memories of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.

On Friday evening, a train mowed down Dusshera revellers who were watching the burning of an effigy of Ravana in Amritsar, in northern Punjab. Around 60 people died.

The editorial in Saamana, the Sena’s newspaper, took aim at both the central and state governments. It drew a contrast between glitches in railways infrastructure and functioning on one hand, and the Union government’s bullet train project on the other.


A man crying next to the burning pyre of a family member who died in Friday’s train accident, at a cremation ground in Amritsar. (Photo: Reuters)

It said the Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place during British rule, and that people were dying like insects even after independence.

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Hundreds die in train accidents, and every time such incidents occur, a railways minister quits and is replaced by another, the newspaper said.

Saamana also taunted Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for reaching the site of the accident 16 hours after it took place.

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