The Aftermath of the Deadly Amritsar Train Accident

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2018

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

Children are said to be amongst the dead.

An injured boy can be seen with a large bandage wrapped around his head, while another man is seen being comforted by relatives as he recovers in his hospital bed.

Police said that it was a "freak accident" and that people had not heard the train approaching because of the din of the festivities and fireworks.

R.C. Yadav, former chairman of Punjab state's Workers Welfare Board, said that numerous 60 killed and dozens injured when a speeding train ran over a crowd celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Friday night had left their families in neighboring states to work in factories and shops in Punjab.

An eyewitness alleged the train driver didn't blow the horn, while another woman cried inconsolably as she had lost her son.

The body of a victim of Friday's train accident is carried in for cremation in Amritsar, India, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condoled the accident in which 39 of the total 61 people killed have been identified so far.

But federal junior minister for Indian Railways ruled out any punitive action against his staff, including the driver, saying the national carrier was not at fault. "The toll can rise", State Police Chief Suresh Arora told Reuters, adding that emergency officials were trying to determine the extent of the disaster on the outskirts of the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab.

Northern Railways spokesperson Deepak Kumar said in a statement that the event was organised in an area which does not belong to the railways.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered a magisterial probe into the matter.

"My government will give Rs. 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals", he tweeted.

In 2016, 146 people were killed when a train slid off tracks in eastern India.

A senior official in the district administration said most migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar work in an industrial area at a stone's throw away from the accident site and live nearby.

Mr Mithu and his mother, a Congress Councillor, remain missing over 48 hours after the incident occurred, and protesters have hit the warpath with their demands for the arrest of those responsible. "Investigation will be conducted to find out the causes and lapses that led to the killing of so many people". However, nothing untoward had happened earlier, they said.

"You can see from some of the videos that people shot that as soon as the effigy was lit, you can see the train coming from the other side".

Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha visited the accident spot late on Friday night.

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