Many Announcements Were Made Before Amritsar Accident: Navjot Kaur

Lester Mason
October 21, 2018

Another train had narrowly missed the crowds two minutes earlier, officials said.

However, securuty personnel have been deployed at the residence.

The Madan family members were the main organisers of the Dussehra event where the train accident took place.

Amarinder Singh, Punjab chief minister, said he was rushing to Amritsar to supervise relief and rescue operations.

Singh also postponed a trip to Israel and arrived in Amritsar to assess the damage. "The driver tried to apply brakes and minimize the speed to the train running at 90 Km/hour but it takes time to stop the train", he said. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani blamed the local authorities for not giving a heads up on the Dussehra event near the tracks. Sections 113 and 114 of the Act allow the Railways to notify "any accident of any other description" - not just derailment and collision - involving "loss of any human life" as a Railway accident, the sources said.

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.

Clothes were strewn and there were blood marks around the narrow railway lane on the outskirts of Amritsar where the accident occurred.

The railways has maintained that it was not at fault because it had no information about the Dussehra event.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal returned early from a trip to the United States to go to Amritsar on Saturday.

He said: 'There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated'. Both SAD-BJP and Sidhu loyalists posted videos making claims and counter-claims over what happened. He said the train was travelling at its normal speed.

The Punjab government has declared state mourning on Saturday and all offices and educational institutions would remain closed, an official spokesperson said, adding that a probe has been ordered.

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

He also defended his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was accused of leaving the accident site without bothering about the victims.

She has been facing criticism for allegedly leaving the site of the accident "without bothering" about the victims.

A heavy police deployment has been made to keep the situation in order. Why the matter is being covered up. He also demanded registration of culpable homicide cases against them.

"We weren't kept in the loop and we provided no permission for the event", he said.

Witnesses told media outlets that as crowds spilled onto the train tracks, the booming of fireworks and the general celebratory din may have masked the sound of the oncoming train.

"Fifty-nine people have been killed and 57 were injured in the incident".

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