Amritsar train mishap: Security personnel injured in face-off with protesters

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He added that in order to get to the root of the cause behind the death of 59 people, all the people involved are being questioned.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) to each family of the victims. I am running around everywhere. In the CCTV footage, Sourabh wearing white kurta pyjama is seen fleeing his residence at 6:57 pm, moments after the train accident.

"I have looked everywhere, including hospitals and the railway track, but there is no trace of my son. We are still looking at the seepdometer charts", Lohani said. Many killed were migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Families of sole breadwinners like Suresh Kumar or Parminder Pal Singh are unable to think how life will move on without them. The train passed the area within seconds.

The driver in his statement on Saturday, October 20, said that he applied "emergency brakes" as he saw the crowd on the tracks but "still some people were caught in the path of the train". Many were crying in pain.

When the din of the fire crackers of the burning Ravan died down, wails and cries filled the air.

TV footage showed crowds gathered around the venue where an effigy of demon king Ravana was set alight, exploding into a huge fireball.

"There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they (victims) were unable to hear the approaching train", a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Shiromani Akali Dal core committee on Sunday demanded that Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu be sacked, and asked that a case of murder be filed against his wife.

The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the state governing Congress party politician, Pratap Singh Bajwa. As the effigy was lit and the fireworks started, a section of the crowd started retreating toward railroad tracks while observing the event. "The accident took place on the railway track which is under the jurisdiction of GRP".

Sidhu is being targeted as the Congress leaders behind the function are his close aides in Amritsar who went ahead with the function without mandatory permissions. 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.