He highlighted that trains always travel in speed. Lohani, who visited the spot at midnight, said that the national transporter has been carrying out campaigns exhorting people not to trespass. The driver has also been part of the preliminary investigation and there is no suspension as of yet. As the Ravan and other effigies went up in flames with the deafening noise of bursting fire crackers, the people standing on the live railway tracks did not realise that a speeding train was approaching. As the effigy was lit and the fireworks started, a section of the crowd started retreating toward railroad tracks while observing the event. We were searching for a bride for him.
Another protester demands that the victims be given adequate compensation. After he enacted the role of Ravana, Dalbir Singh, in his twenties, was watching the burning of an effigy from the tracks when he, along with 58 others, was run over by the train. Petitioner Dinesh Kumar Dakoria has sought directions for court monitored probe, besides seeking a direction to set up a commission under retired or sitting justices of the High Court for assessment and estimation of personal losses for granting adequate compensation. He added that he was not aware of Dusshera celebrations taking place at that time on railway tracks as he was given a clear signal. Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? The mortal remains were consigned to flames at different cremation grounds here as heartbroken friends and family members of the deceased wept inconsolably, not ready to believe their loved ones were no more. Leave alone stopping, the train did not even slow down. Police sources said that the organisers had gone underground.
As the Ravan and other effigies went up in flames with the deafening noise of bursting fire crackers, the people standing on the live railway tracks did not realise that a speeding train was approaching. They have also held the Congress-led Punjab government responsible for allowing the Dussehra celebrations near the railway track. The Commissioner said, unlike last year, the event was held on a large scale on October 19 evening. Jagunandan, a 40-year-old wage labourer from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh who suffered injuries in the head and leg, said he was not standing near the tracks but was pushed as people started running away from the main stage after the Ravan effigy was set afire. There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated. Some of the actors shared helpline numbers on their twitter accounts. Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha visited the accident spot late on Friday night.
All we could hear around us was people screaming and crying. Amarinder Singh, along with Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, visits the accident victims at Jodh Phatak, at Civil Hospital in Amritsar on October 20, 2018. The accident took place yesterday in Choura Bazar near Joda Phatak area of Amritsar where a large number of people were watching the burning of Ravana effigy while standing along the railway tracks when a speeding Jalandhar to Amritsar train crushed them. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's in accordance with our. Punjab train tragedy: The Punjab Police has reportedly detained the driver of the train that struck down over 60 people on Friday night while they were enjoying the burning of Ravan effigy in Amritsar. Here are the latest updates: 8.
Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. During his visit two women met with him who had reportedly lost their entire families, including children, husbands and even in-laws. While 16 were diverted and reached their destination through a different route, 18 trains were short terminated, says Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar. The Punjab and Railway Police on Saturday questioned the driver of a train that crushed at least 60 people to death while they were watching the burning of a Ravana effigy from a railway track. Earlier, officials said 40 of the 59 people killed in the accident had been identified. The festival falls exactly 20 days before - the Hindi festival of lights. Earlier this month, I was honoured to visit the Golden Temple and witnessed the warmth and generosity of the people.
The railways maintain that they have no information about the Dussehra function held near the tracks. The Punjab police officials commented on the incident that they have detained the driver from the Ludhiana railway station and are questioning him over the tragedy. Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha visited the accident spot late Friday night. A train crashed into revellers gathered to watch the Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern state of Amritsar, killing at least 50 people. He said that the tragedy was unfortunate and the incident was being probed.
Most of the affected families work as small-time labourers, wood polish workers, sanitary workers, gardeners, painters among others. In another video from the event, it was revealed that Navjot Kaur knew about the overcrowding. Taking serious note of the Amritsar train tragedy, the chief minister made it clear that no laxity would be tolerated in these matters. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. In 2016, 146 people were killed when a train slid off railroad tracks in eastern India. In the statement the driver reveals that as the train approached the location of the event he saw that a number of people had come on to the tracks, at which point he applied the emergency brake.
The matter was highlighted after a video that captured the whole incident went viral on social media. A local official said that most of the victims were migrant workers and their families from the states of and who lived in the area. Dalbir has an eight-month-old daughter. This was the fourth one and she had to leave for another event following this. He said that the accident occurred at a stretch between two stations — Amritsar and Manawala, and not at a level crossing.
We have learnt that some of the deceased belong to Bihar. He said that honked continuously to warn people of the incoming train so that they get off the railway track. ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Deploying immediate brake in a speeding train can endanger the lives of thousands of people travelling in it. Some local groups have staged protests at the site of incident blaming the police, the railways and district administration for the deaths. . The train passed the area within seconds.