Train carnage: Amarinder Singh orders magisterial inquiry, seeks report within four weeks

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The railways will launch a massive drive against trespassing on tracks across its network, Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani said Saturday, a day after 59 Dussehra revellers were run over by a train in an incident described by the railways as a "clear case of trespassing".

Eyewitnesses and officials said the crowd had gathered to watch the celebrations of a Hindu festival Dussehra when a train ran over hundreds of them standing on a railway track.

Punjab Police officials said that the DMU (diesel multiple unit) driver had been detained at the Ludhiana railway station and was being questioned regarding the incident that took place on Friday night at the Jora Phatak near Dhobi Ghat within Amritsar city.

Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also expressed grief over the deaths and said his ministry officials were on the spot assisting in rescue and relief measures.

The district administration has said out of 59 people who were mowed down by the speeding Jalandhar-Amritsar train Friday, 40 have been identified.

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Singh declared a state of mourning and said all offices and educational institutions across the state would remain closed on Saturday.

Following the accident, people rushed to the site, almost 465 kilometers (290 miles) north of New Delhi, and shouted at railway officials for not taking precautions.

Badal also demanded compensation of Rs 1 crore per person and government jobs for the families of those killed in the tragic train accident.

Saying it was not the time for the blame game, Sinha added that there was no provision of barricading along railway tracks across the country.

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Was permission granted for the event? There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.

He said that due to the special interest of the Prime Minister, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are getting more attention towards development of railways and its infrastructure projects.

The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, according to Congress party politician Pratap Singh Bajw, The Guardian reports.

He further attacked Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government for taking the incident "lightly". "Near the accident site, there is a railway barrier which is manned by a gateman". Previous organisers of the event said they used to inform railway authorities about the event.

The families protests came even as reports emerged that Congress leader and Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu was the chief guest at the Ravana effigy burning event.

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A almost 700 strong crowd watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid crackers bursts spilled on to the tracks when the Jalandhar-Amritsar Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling.

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