4 lapses and the train accident


Neither the organisers nor the police administration had barricaded the tracks to stop people from venturing onto them, preliminary investigations have revealed.

Eyewitnesses said the crowd spilled onto the tracks when a Ravana effigy was set ablaze and crackers started exploding. While some of them were filming the burning of the effigy, others were trying to save themselves. The Nakodar Jalandhar DMU No. 74943 suddenly approached and they did not get a chance to save themselves. The train was coming from Hoshiarpur to Amritsar via Jalandhar. The bodies were cut into pieces and lay strewn in an area between 100 metres and 150 metres from the tracks.


Railway authorities clarified that the organisers had not taken any permission from them to burn the effigy near the tracks. However, eyewitnesses said the driver despite the presence of the crowd neither sounded a siren nor reduced the speed of the train which was hurtling down at 100 kmph, sources said.

Railway authorities said they had no information about the event and the driver had no time to stop the train as people suddenly entered the tracks. However it was also the responsibility of the railway staff that clears tracks and keeps an eye on obstacles, sources said.


Even though the exact number of police officials at the venue during the accident is not known, those present were busy providing security to the chief guest of the event Navjot Kaur Sidhu.

Police officials and organisers ignored the security of the people, sources said.

The event was not organised for the first time. The effigy was being burnt at the same place for quite some time. It was also the responsibility of the local superintendent of the police who deployed police officials to escort the VVIPs, Sidhu, sources said.

"The effigy was burnt and I had just left the site when the tragedy happened. Priority is to get the injured treated. People who are doing politics over it should be ashamed," they added.

Slamming the Sidhus and the local administration, former revenue minister and Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia said that it was a failure of the local administration, the police in particular, which did not barricade the tracks and deploy adequate number of police personnel to stop people from entering the tracks.


There was no lighting around the tracks. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a probe to fix the responsibility of the officers who were supposed to maintain law and order besides security.

As the effigy was lit and the fireworks went off, a section of the crowd started retreating towards the tracks where a large number of people were already standing. One account said two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape. Several people were mowed down by one of the trains.

The Northern Railway CPRO said that due to some incident, people started running towards gate No. 27 between Amritsar and Manawala.

Take cognizance of the tragedy, the Punjab government has announced state-wide mourning on Saturday, all educational institutions will remain shut. CM Amarinder Singh, who rushed to the spot to supervise rescue operations, has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the accident victims. more  

We all travel by railway and found so many colonies established in vicinity of railway track while the track leading from ludhiana to dhoori shown rohangias living within a distance of one meter away from track but politicians are responsible for their rehablitation at such high risk areas. I would suggest the leaders to let them in their houses to be sure of votes. more  
Instead of shutting the educational institutions, the authorities should start educating the people not to come near the track. Thousands of people residing near the track some of them have even encroached upon the government lands in the shape of juggis and joparies are getting shelters of politicians. India need to think over this problem seriously. more  
When the rail lines were laid, there was no humanity around. People fraudulently occupied rly & govt land and settled down. Hence no way that they can blame either the govt or the administration for this disaster. more  
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