Even as eight years have elapsed, the Punjab government is yet to release the full compensation announced for the next of kin to four victims of the November 23, 2006 train accident at Gumtala village. Four girls were killed when a train in the Phillaur- Nurmahal rail section hit their vehicle.
Aashia of Class 11, Daljinder Kaur of BA-1 and Kiranjit Kaur of BA-3, all residents of Pasla village, were killed on the spot, while 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 the injured, while it handed over, so far, Rs 1 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs 20,000 was given to the kin of the seriously injured victims.
The families say they have approached the authorities concerned repeatedly over the past five years, but to no avail.
Locals say during the assembly and parliamentary election public meetings SAD- and BJP leaders had promised that the compensation would be paid immediately.
College managing committee chairperson Om Parkash Kundi urged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to release rest of the amount to the victims’ king without any further delay.