Amritsar train mishap: Protestors pelt stones at police

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"The government has not bothered for us who have lost family members".

However, securuty personnel have been deployed at the residence. The local councillor, Vijay Madan, and her son Sourabh Madan Mithu are missing and their house is locked.

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

A state of mourning was declared for Saturday in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan. He himself will be flying to Amritsar tomorrow to assess the situation.

"We are announcing a magisterial probe into the incident", Singh told reporters.

Angry locals had warned that they would not let any train pass on the route unless their demands were met.

Amritsar police said they had given a "no-objection" certificate for the event but told the organisers they must take permission from the civic body and the pollution department, which they didn't.

The country is home to hundreds of railway crossings that are unmanned and particularly accident prone, with people often ignoring oncoming train warnings.

The railways said it was not responsible for the incident.

Clothes were strewn and there were blood marks around the narrow railway lane where the accident occurred. "This was an incident where people were trespassing on the tracks and not an accident", Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani said. "The (Dussehra) event took place at a place adjoining the railway land in private property", he said.

The state chief minister has ordered an inquiry to ascertain whether permission was granted - and by whom.

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He said: 'There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated'.

The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the politician, Pratap Singh Bajwa. An FIR should be registered on the statements of the victims.

The party also said that the Congress government in Punjab would fix accountability after the four-week inquiry. Strong action should be taken.

Poignant images illustrate the aftermath of a horrific train crash that killed 60 people and injured dozens more in India. While Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal demanded Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation, Bikram Majithia demanded that Navjot Kaur Sidhu be booked.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Union Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was the chief guest at the event.

Even after 37 hours of the accident, movement of trains on the tracks remain suspended.

The festival organisers had that year forgotten to inform the railway authorities about the Sri Jagannatha Temple festivities and the accompanying fireworks. Why the matter is being covered up.

He has cancelled his engagements in the USA and immediately returning to India.

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.

Just two minutes before the DMU train crushed the people, leaving 59 dead and almost 60 injured, Howrah Mail had crossed the same spot without a problem with the same number of people standing there.

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