Hundreds of protesters, including representatives of various farmer organisations and a few political parties, gathered at Gharinda in Amritsar to slam the government for its failure to repair “killer bridges”and pay compensation to the families of kids who died in the Muhawa accident last month.
Coming together under the banner ‘Muhawa tragedy: Justice for the affected families’, the protesters raised slogans against the government and sought clear guidelines for compensation in case of accidents.
Speaking during the protest, which lasted a few hours, farmer activist Rattan Singh Randhawa said: “The people whose name is registered in the FIR (in the Muhawa accident) should be arrested (the driver and school management). Rs 20 lakh each should be given to the families of deceased kids and Rs 1 lakh to the injured one.”
While slamming the administration for failure to repair unsafe bridges, he said bridges at Daoke, Muhawa and Bheropal should be renovated without delay.
Randhawa alleged some families have complained that the cheque for Rs 2-lakh given to them by the administration has been dishonoured. He said a kin of the deceased kids should also be given employment.
Seven children were killed and over 20 injured when a rashly driven school van fell into a drain from a bridge at Muhawa village, 35 km from Amritsar on September 20. The van was taking students back home from DAV Public School, Neshta, when the accident occurred 5 km from the school.