Amritsar train tragedy: Cops on lookout for missing organisers

India: Scores dead as train plows into revelers at religious festival

"Two labourers who were living in my area are still missing", said Kamal, who is a resident of an area near Joda Phatak where at least 59 people were killed Friday evening after a Dussehra gathering watching the burning of a Ravana effigy was run over by a train.

Of the 59 dead, 58 have been identified so far.

As per the officers, the post-mortem examination of 29 bodies has been done until now.

Another witness said the victims didn't realize that a train was coming because the fireworks were too loud. "Action should be taken against the train driver as well". In the official statement the train driver added that the train had nearly come to a halt but after he witnessed a large number of people attacking the train, considering the safety of the passengers in the train, he continued with his journey.

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The police booked unidentified protesters who clashed with them on Sunday morning as the police began clearing the railway tracks in the area.

"His Dussehra committee had asked for permission to hold the event, for which we gave a conditional no-objection certificate that becomes applicable only after you get the corporation's nod", said Deputy Commissioner of Police AS Powar.

Incidentally, the first information report in the case was filed by the Government Railway Police against unidentified people based on the statement of an official on duty at the dhobi ghat who claims that there was a massive sound of crackers as a speeding train was passing by. The party has accused the organisers of "criminal negligence".

The railways said after the accident that the driver was not at fault and the people on the track were trespassing.

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Outpouring grief over the tragedy has made everyone shift their gears as Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry to determine if any lapses had been responsible for Friday night's accident.

While accidents are relatively common on India's sprawling rail network, Friday's was among the deadliest in recent years.

Mr Singh reviewed the relief and rehabilitation work with the Crisis Management Group of ministers headed by state Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, and directed them to take immediate steps for early disbursement of the compensation. The organizers, who are linked to the ruling Congress, had even put up giant LCD screens facing towards the railway tracks to enable people to watch the Dusshera proceedings.

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