Amritsar accident: Protesters removed from track, train services resume after 40 hours

India: Scores dead as train plows into revelers at religious festival

India: Scores dead as train plows into revelers at religious festival

R.C. Yadav, former chairman of Punjab state's Workers Welfare Board, said that numerous 60 killed and dozens injured when a speeding train ran over a crowd celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Friday night had left their families in neighboring states to work in factories and shops in Punjab.

In the death of 59 people in the Amritsar train tragedy on Friday evening, a bigger tragedy has struck many families: their sole breadwinners have died; and in several cases, children are still trying to find their parents. The accident has claimed 61 lives so far out of which 39 bodies have been identified by the authorities. "The Commission conducts statutory investigation into railway accidents".

Speaking on the incident, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, said, "I believe that the statement of Amritsar Police Commissioner must be an authorised statement of Punjab government".

While the Railways insists that the driver was not at fault, the Congress, while denying any lapses on the part of the organisers of the Dussehra event, continues to accuse the Railways of negligence.

Incidentally, the first information report in the case was filed by the Government Railway Police against unidentified people based on the statement of an official on duty at the dhobi ghat who claims that there was a massive sound of crackers as a speeding train was passing by.

Video clips posted on the social media showed some people who had apparently seen the approaching train trying to run away as train came mowing down all on its path.

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As the blame game spread, police said they had given permission for the display for the annual Dussehra festival fireworks but that organisers did not have approval from the city, health department and fire brigade.

Federal Railway minister Piyush Goyal returned early from a trip to the United States to go to Amritsar on Saturday.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who arrived in Amritsar Saturday at the accident spot 16 hours after the tragedy, has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation each to the kin of the deceased immediately after the incident. "When a stampede occurs, people don't know which way to run and there's no such feature in a locomotive that would automatically trigger a mechanism to stop the train", he said.

The government has pledged 137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling network. In 2016, 146 people were killed when a train slid off railroad tracks in eastern India.

An eyewitness speaking to a local TV channel described scenes of "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" toward them. Many killed were migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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