At least 50 dead in India train disaster

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2018

"My thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one in the tragic train crash in Amritsar, India".

Refusing to assign any blame, Lohani, who visited the spot at midnight, said that the national transporter has been carrying out campaigns exhorting people not to trespass.

A witness said the train didn't even sound its whistle as it sped past the site, where hundreds were watching the burning of an effigy of demon Ravana during the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

"Why did authorities allow the fireworks display so close to the railroad track, '" he asked.

Padam Singh Dhingra, a businessman, said the event was supposed to begin at 6:15 PM. "The Railway authorities never broke any rule or law in this case, so probe should be conducted on the attempt of tresspass".

The body of a victim of Friday's deadly train accident lies on the railway covered in a cloth.

In the train tragedy near Amritsar, which killed at least 60 and injured 71, the man who played Ravana also lost his life, ANI reports. "I think if precautions had been taken, the accident could have been averted", he said, adding wherever such events are held, the district administration gives the permission.

The route between Jalandhar and Amritsar was suspended, he said.

This is because the Railways Ministry is not calling this an accident - as its passengers were not affected and its assets were not damaged.

The station master should have been informed and he should have alerted the loco-pilots.

"Nobody was given permission for organising the Dussehra event". In November 2016, the Patna-Indore express derailed in Uttar Pradesh state in the middle of the night, killing 139 people.

All offices and educational institutions will remain closed on Saturday in view of the tragedy. When the speeding train hit the people, he tried to help and was trying to pull them out from the tracks when his legs came under the speeding train.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal who was in the USA, cancelled all his engagements and was set to return.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the latest disaster.

Singh also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of all the victims as well as declared that the Punjab government will bear all the medical costs.

The Punjab and Railway Police questioned the driver of the train.

Thirty-nine of the 61 people killed in the train accident near Amritsar have been identified so far.

In an apparent address to Congres leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event, Madaan could be heard saying: "Madam look here!"

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