Protests continue at train accident site in Amritsar

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2018

The injured were immediately taken to the civil hospitals near the area.

It said taking all these facts into account, there was no possibility of a free and fair inquiry by a magistrate who was reporting to cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his family. We don't have any confirmation on the numbers who have been impacted by the incident. The CM has also ordered an inquiry into the accident.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured. The organisers, however, did not take permission from the Municipal Corporation, the health and the fire departments.

Was permission granted for the event?

The police have not questioned Saurabh Madan, who has now gone underground.

The Shiromani Akali Dal core committee on Sunday demanded immediate sacking of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and registration of a murder case against his wife and former legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu as well as organizers of Dussehra function on Friday.

He said: "The incident should not be politicized".

Sidhu was also accused of fleeing the accident site without any regard for the victims of the accident.

It also condemned the "casual attitude" of Navjot Singh Sidhu. "There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated", Sinha said Saturday.

In the wake of the disaster, sporadic protests broke out by the tracks, with people calling for action against local authorities and the train driver. It was also their duty to stop the train or to tell the driver to slow down. "Why did the government not ensure proper security arrangements at the time of Dussehra festival?"

Amritsar GRP station house office Balvir Singh said names will be added to the document after the investigation.

"Saddened to learn of the tragic train accident in Amritsar India", PM Khan tweeted.

The agitated protesters blocking the track were removed and train services resumed this afternoon with the movement of a goods train, 40 hours after the horrific accident. Ten mail/express trains and 27 passenger trains were cancelled.

Railway police said that the death toll had risen to 60. "The accident took place on the railway track which is under the jurisdiction of GRP".

"We have visited all hospitals but found no clue", he said.

"This is a big tragedy".

Locals gather near the site of accident at Jodh Phatak. He extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Some desperate families went from hospital to hospital in the northern city of Amritsar on Saturday looking for missing relatives, while the first funerals of some victims were held. The train was travelling from Jalandhar to Amritsar.

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