Amritsar train accident: Man who played Ravana dies saving others

Amritsar train accident: Man who played Ravana dies saving others

He conveyed his support to families of the victims of the train accident.

Most people reportedly could not hear the train due to the exploding crackers.

When the agitated crowd raised protests and went to the organiser's house, Saurabh and his mother were nowhere to be found. Another train had narrowly missed the crowds two minutes earlier, officials said.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the accident after visiting the injured and the kin of those killed in the tragedy.

It is believed people were unable to escape as another train on a separate track arrived at the same time.

The railways were not informed about the trackside Dussehra event, nor was permission sought from the civic body, officials said a day after a train mowed down 59 revellers during a Ravan Dahan near Amritsar.

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. He said the train which was running at its assigned speed, its loco-pilot applied brakes to slow it down.

Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Saturday ruled out action against the driver of the train, saying there had been no negligence on part of the railways.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also promised all possible assistance.

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At least 50 injured people were admitted to hospital.

Doctors at Civil Hospital and Guru Nanak Hospital said 39 bodies have been identified.

The railways, on the other hand, have simply pointed to the law and said that the people who died are "trespassers".

The train driver has been detained at the Ludhiana railway station and questioned by the Punjab and Railway Police on Saturday. It is a "clear case of trespassing" and organisers did not get any permission for the event by the railways, a senior official told PTI.

Following the accident, people rushed to the site, almost 465 kilometers (290 miles) north of New Delhi, and shouted at railway officials for not taking precautions. "But there was no permission for people to be on railway tracks", SS Shrivastav, Commissioner of Police, told media persons in Amritsar.

But almost every month there are accidents involving trains that derail or hit vehicles on crossings. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh called off a trip to Israel to go to the disaster scene.

"When the effigy was set on fire, people started moving away from the stage and towards the tracks", she said.

"I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in the Punjab state".

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