However, the statutory inquiry by the Commission of Railway Safety, that works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, will be conducted as per the laid down norms. The crowd had gathered to watch celebrations for the festival of and were standing on the tracks. The train passed the area within seconds. The two trains, sources said, crossed the section at high speed. Dalbir has an eight-month-old daughter.
Congress leader Sourab Mithu Madan, whose mother Vijay Madan is the councilor of ward number 29, had organised the event on Dussehra day. Many things must have gone wrong, telescoped into each other to create this tragedy. Most people reportedly could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding crackers. He said that the people have seen that the train speed was too high. More than 300 people were watching the effigy burning event at a very small ground. Nearly 150 people, most of who were watching the burning of effigies or were recording the event on their mobile phones, were mowed down by the train. In fact local people were very well aware that it was a busy section where trains pass almost every 10 minutes.
According to officials, the post-mortem examination on 29 bodies has been done. There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated. The police said the organisers of the at Amritsar's Jora Pathak near the railway tracks are untraceable. We have learnt that some of the deceased belong to Bihar. They also demand government jobs for the kin of those killed. Railway authorities in Punjab and New Delhi defended themselves saying that they had not been informed about the Dusshera event at that spot and the local police did not prevent the people from coming on the railway tracks.
Railway services were continued 40 hours after the incident. Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha visited the accident spot late on Friday night. According to the officials, many of the deceased were yet to be identified. Advertising Meanwhile, Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B Purushartha, who is heading the magistrate probe ordered by the Punjab government, has also summoned Sourab Mithu Madan to appear before him on Tuesday. He said that honked continuously to warn people of the incoming train so that they get off the railway track. He said that he applied emergency brakes when he saw crowd on the railway tracks but some people were still caught in the path of the train.
Later his name was also rumoured to be behind attack on a veteran Congress councillor. Although the pictures and the video have gone viral, the netizen who first made the claim has deleted his post. The injured were admitted to different hospitals in Amritsar. Posters of Navjot Singh Sidhu, his wife Ms. Some of the tragedy-struck women fainted at the cremation grounds when the funeral pyres of their relatives were lit. People should refrain from organising such events near tracks in future. By the evening of 19 October 50 bodies had been discovered and at least 50 people had been admitted to a nearby hospital while the other nine bodies were found the next day.
He said the accident is being investigated. He conveyed his support to families of the victims of the train accident. Punjab navjot Singh siddhu visited some of the survivors and family members of the dead at a local hospital, on 20 October. The unfortunate train accident took place at Joda Phatak gatepost in Eastern outskirts of Amritsar. In videos of the event that went viral on social media, one of the organising committee members is heard telling chief guest Navjot Kaur Sidhu that 5,000 people are standing on a busy railway track for her. Opposition parties have all along been seeking action against those who allowed the event near the railway tracks. The official, however, does not give exact the breakdown of numbers as 20 bodies are yet to be identified.
Earlier, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, had said the mishap occurred at a stretch between two stations — Amritsar and Manawala — and not at a level crossing. Locals said that the train tragedy took place around 7. He says that every year, the effigy of Ravana was burnt between 5. Read Railway Minister , who was in the United States, tweeted that he was cancelling all his engagements and heading home. నేను హారన్ కొట్టినప్పటికీ జనాలు కదలలేదు దాని వలన అనుకోకుండా తప్పు జరిగిపోయింది … ఇట్లు అరవింద్ కుమార్ Fact Check: Few images and a video doing rounds widely online allege to show Amritsar train driver commits suicide after the tragic accident. He also questioned why the guard at the railway crossing which is just 200 metres away from the accident site could not see that people were standing on the track.
All we could hear around us was people screaming and crying. Witnesses claimed that another train, the service, had passed in the opposite direction moments earlier, and this was later confirmed by the gateman in charge of the junction. Had we known about it, we could have asked the driver to be careful near the event area. The driver did not see the crowd earlier as there was a curve. But, what has been a source of joy and excitement to the young and the old for over two decades turned out to be a nightmare on Friday.
Chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani says in a statement that the accident occurred at a midsection between the Amritsar and Manawala stations and not at a level crossing. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has left for Israel on a five-day visit. She came to know about the incident before reaching home. Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha visited the accident spot late Friday night. He could have alerted the driver to slow down the train.