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Amritsar train tragedy - Organisers go missing, police yet to identify accused

October 22, 2018

Over 61 people are now confirmed dead in the train tragedy during a Dussehra event in Amritsar but the Government Railway Police (GRP) is yet to register a first information report (FIR) in the case. This is because no one knows who the accused are even now.

The blame will most likely fall on the organisers, local councillor Vijay Madan and her son, Sourabh Madan Mithu, both of whom are missing. Public anger against the Madans is growing, with people throwing stones at their home, breaking window panes and forcing the administration to assign security.

An FIR has been registered under sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

The train driver has not been arrested because he was not named in the FIR. The Madans had not taken permission from civic authorities for the event. Railway officials were not informed either and have said they will not conduct an inquiry as the tragedy was "clearly caused due to people trespassing" onto the tracks.

A number of people were standing on the railway track and taking photographs of the Ravana effigy burning when the speeding train hit them on Friday.

In the meantime, condolences have come pouring in from many people. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted:

Saddened to learn of the tragic train accident in Amritsar India. Condolences go to the families of the deceased. - Imran Khan, Prime Minister, Pakistan

Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian cricket team said, "My prayers are with the families of those affected by the terrible train accident in Amritsar yesterday."

All through Sunday, locals held protests at the site of the tragedy demanding action against the train driver. People sat on the tracks and refused to move until the Punjab government announced steps.

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