Death toll in India train accident rises to 60


However, securuty personnel have been deployed at the residence.

The train was coming from Jalandhar when the accident occurred at Joda Phatak near Amritsar. The warning was also issued after Kaur arrived. "So we have to be careful", the organiser told the crowd from the stage.

Indian people gather at the scene of an accident along railroad tracks in Amritsar on October 20, 2018, after revellers who gathered on the tracks were killed by a moving train on October 19. He claimed that the driver had indeed applied the brakes but couldn't stop the train on time. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani blamed the local authorities for not giving a heads up on the Dussehra event near the tracks.

The Commission of Railway Safety works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and conducts a mandatory inquiry into all railway accidents - at unmanned level crossings, derailments or after a bridge collapse. "Why these officials did not inform the railway authorities is the thing to investigate", said Vineet Joshi. "We have staff at the level crossings whose job is to regulate traffic", he said, explaining why railway staff had not raised an alert about the crowd on the tracks.

A senior Railway official told PTI the incident was a clear case of trespassing and no permission regarding the event was sought from them.

Earlier, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha ruled out any punitive action by his department.

"It does not appear that the loco driver was at fault in the incident", said Northern Railway chief public relations officer, according to ANI. There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated. He said that while the train was travelling at a speed of 91 km/hr but after spotting the crowd on the track, it slowed down to 68 km/hr before the first impact.

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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.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condoled the accident in which 39 of the total 61 people killed have been identified so far.

Badal demanded immediate dismissal of Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu from the cabinet beside registration of a fresh FIR against his family based on statements of the victims.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, was the chief guest at the event held on Friday.

Dozens more were hurt in the accident, some of them seriously, and overwhelmed local hospitals ran out of space for the dead, forcing them to leave some bodies outside.

It also said that neither the area administration nor the organisers informed it about any Dussehra ceremony at the spot.