Many Announcements Were Made Before Amritsar Accident: Navjot Kaur

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The organisers of Ramlila function at Dhobi ghat ground near Joda Phatak took a "no objection certificate" for the Dussehra.

Railway officials were also gathering information from the railway linemen posted along the tracks near the Jora Phatak area who failed to inform the DMU driver regarding the presence of over 700 people on the railway tracks who were watching the burning of the Ravan and other effigies during Dusshera celebrations.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Amritsar I Rajesh Sharma said 50 bodies have been found and at least 50 injured have been admitted to a government hospital.

"If they have to cross they should do so very slowly".

Reinforcement led by deputy commissioner of police (DCP-City) Amrik Singh Pawar after the police came under attack and cleared the track. "But this year it seems the requisite permission was not taken", he alleged. I could not understand how this happened. "Moreover, nobody had applied for the permission with the Amritsar Municipal Corporation", Commissioner Sonali Giri told PTI. "We are still evacuating people". The casualties were caused by one of the trains. "Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife was the chief guest at the celebrations and she continued to give a speech as people were struck down by the train". They heard its horn too. "It was paramount that the Railways slow down the train at the site of a large event like this".

He said that the gateman was 400 metres away at a level crossing.

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The Chief Minister, who was scheduled to leave for Israel this evening, has postponed his trip and will fly to Amritsar in the morning to personally assess the damage and meet the families of the victims of the mishap, which occurred during Dussehra festivities. The Madan family members were the main organisers of the Dussehra event where the train accident took place. While Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal demanded Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation, Bikram Majithia demanded that Navjot Kaur Sidhu be booked.

At civil hospital in Amritsar, Vicky Sanotra, who lost his son Vasu Sanotra, 17, questioned Sidhu if he would accompany him to register an FIR against the local Congress councillor, who was the main organiser of the Dussehra event.

"Almost 4,000-5,000 persons attended the function". Another eyewitness, Vicky Thakur, said the area was not suitable to hold such a huge crowd. "There is no way he could have stopped the train", Singh said.

Women mourn the death of their relatives after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, outside a hospital in Amritsar, India, October 20, 2018. The Amritsar railway station is about 3-4 km from the spot.

When asked why the driver didn't halt despite seeing people, the official said smoke affected his vision.

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