Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

India train disaster families protest amid anger over safety

India train disaster families protest amid anger over safety

Forty of the 59 people killed in the train accident in Amritsar have been identified so far and the bodies of 36 have been cremated, officials said on Saturday.

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

India's huge railway network is notorious for accidents, including scores who die while crossing the tracks illegally or falling off over-capacity trains. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people", he said.

Sources said that the driver claimed that he was given green signal and all clear and had no idea that hundreds of people were standing on the tracks when the train crossed the area.

The Chief Minister said he was rushing to the accident site to "personally supervise relief & rescue", while announcing a relief of Rs. 5 lakh to the kin of each deceased and free treatment for the injured at government as well as private hospitals.

Meanwhile, opposition parties in Punjab, including BJP, AAP and SAD have called for stringent against those responsible for the event and dismissal of Sidhu from the state government.

Mr Sinha said the venue was almost 70 metres from the accident spot which was not the property of Railways'.

The Dussehra event was organised by Saurabh Mithu Madaan, the son of a Congress municipal corporator.

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Hardeep Singh, chief medical officer for Amritsar, told AFP 59 deaths had been confirmed and 90 people had been injured. An FIR should be registered on the statements of the victims. "Today, the entire cabinet of Punjab is here", he added.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and expressed his condolence.

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

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

Local resident Amit Kumar told the BBC the celebrations were a regular occurrence: "Every year, people sit on the tracks when festivities take place here".

However, Indian Railways blamed the local administration for this tragic accident.

A heavy police deployment has been made to keep the situation in order. Why the matter is being covered up. "Pray that the injured persons recover very quickly", she added. "We will launch an agitation if the investigation not carried out properly", Majithia said.

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.

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