Published: Sun, October 21, 2018

At least 60 people dead after train ploughs through crowd in India

At least 60 people dead after train ploughs through crowd in India

According to police, a few people angry over the accident attacked their residence, broke window panes and pelted stones on Saturday.

However, securuty personnel have been deployed at the residence.

Punjab Chief Minister and Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu outside the Guru Nanak Hospital in Amritsar.

He said the crowd did not see the speeding train approaching, adding that the train did not stop after the accident. They know which train will arrive at what time.

The Railways, while ruling out an inquiry into the mishap, has said it was not informed by the organisers or the local administration that a Dussehra event was being organised close to railway tracks. "There was no notice given to the railways", he told reporters as he visited the site early on Saturday, surrounded by officials and police.

Punjab BJP spokesman Rajesh Honey, who contested against Sidhu from the Amritsar East seat in last year's state polls, posted videos of anchor Bawa Ludhianawale telling the crowd from stage in presence of Kaur that "5000 people are standing on rail tracks". However, there will be no probe by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) into what is this year's biggest railway mishap.

A senior Railway official told PTI the incident was a clear case of trespassing and no permission regarding the event was sought from them.

"The incident was not a railways' fault".

Meanwhile, opposition parties in Punjab, including BJP, AAP and SAD have called for stringent against those responsible for the event and dismissal of Sidhu from the state government. In his disclosure statement, train driver Arvind said he tried to reduce the speed on spotting the crowd.

Among other political leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed shock and sadness over the incident.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and expressed his condolence.

Badal also demanded compensation of Rs 1 crore per person and government jobs for the families of those killed in the tragic train accident.

He alleged that Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Navjot Singh Sidhu were telling "one lie after another".

The Chief Minister, who was scheduled to leave for Israel this evening, has postponed his trip and will fly to Amritsar in the morning to personally assess the damage and meet the families of the victims of the mishap, which occurred during Dussehra festivities. She was accused of leaving the site of the accident without bothering about the victims.

In order to avoid the burning parts of the effigy, hundreds of people moved back to the railway track near Jaura Phatak.

"Railways can not be blamed, railways were not informed about the ceremony".

Additional police forces, led by the DGP, have been rushed to the spot to control the situation in the wake of the mishap.

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