At least 59 killed after train strikes crowd in India

At least 58 killed during religious festival in India by speeding train

People and police gather Oct. 19 at the site of a deadly train accident in Amritsar India

The district administration has said that out of 59 people who were mowed down by the speeding Jalandhar-Amritsar train Friday, 40 have been identified.

The event was organised by Mithu Madan's family. The government has ordered a magisterial probe to fix the responsibility. He himself will be flying to Amritsar tomorrow to assess the situation.

Amritsar: Protests staged by residents here against the Punjab government and the railways after 59 people were killed when a train crushed them as they were watching Dusshera celebrations, turned violent on Sunday leaving a few policemen injured following stone-pelting. "If top light was working then you can see three km because train had a glass (window) at the front for view", he said.

Friday's accident was the worst in years but Manoj Sinha, the junior minister in charge of running the world's fourth largest rail system, said they couldn't be held responsible for people gathered on tracks.

"The three-member Crisis Management Group, headed by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, will camp in Amritsar as long as they are needed to monitor and assist in the relief operations", said the CM.

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. Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani said Saturday it was an "incident" where people were "trespassing" on the tracks and not an "accident".

He said that he had no information about the Dussehra event.

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"The incident was not the railways' fault".

Singh declared a state of mourning and said all offices and educational institutions across the state would remain closed on Saturday.

At least 50 injured people were admitted to hospital. An FIR should be registered on the statements of the victims.

The core committee said it was condemnable that the State was refusing to take action against the Congress leaders despite worldwide condemnation and a demand that the guilty be prosecuted however high and mighty they may be. He extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The angry people who had gathered at the accident site raised slogans against the Cabinet Minister and his wife.

As the blame game spread, police said they had given permission for the display for the annual Dussehra festival fireworks but that organisers did not have approval from the city, health department and fire brigade. "We must have made this announcement at least 15 times but people did not listen", he said. Why the matter is being covered up.

"As demon king Ravana's effigy was located very close to the railway tracks at Jaura Phatak, a section of the crowd retreated towards the tracks to watch the celebrations, nearly ignorant of standing on the tracks", local man Parminder Singh told Xinhua.

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