Jagunandan, a 40-year-old wage labourer from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh who suffered injuries in the head and leg, said he was not standing near the tracks but was pushed as people started running away from the main stage after the Ravan effigy was set afire. According to them, the driver did not slow the train down despite the huge crowd present. There has been no action taken against the organizers yet.
Saurabh Mittoo Madan, the organiser of the Ram Leela which drew the revellers on Friday night, had sought permission from the police for events staged from October 15 to October 19; But not from the city administration.
"The event was organised by Mithu Madan's family, whose mother is a Congress councillor in the area. The (Dussehra) event took place at a place adjoining the railway land in private property", he said. "His wife Preeti is under treatment but his mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her children are still missing".
Earlier on Saturday, the irked protesters who have come down to roads were seen pelting stones at the organiser's homes. "We are announcing a magisterial probe into the incident", Singh said.
Punjab police had deployed its personnel, including commandos, to manage the crowd. They cordoned off the area and directed residents to not come out of their houses near the railway track.
"People were trespassing the railway lines when the incident took place". A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and death by negligence. "Moreover, nobody had applied for the permission with the Amritsar Municipal Corporation", said Amritsar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sonali Giri.
The train driver has not been arrested because he was not named in the complaint. "It is too early to say anything about the accused [or] who was responsible for the mass killing on railway track", Singh told PTI.
The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was hurtling at 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour when it hit scores of people who had gathered on the tracks late Friday to get a view of a firework-packed effigy of the demon king Ravana for a Hindu festival. Around 300 people had gathered to watch the burning of an effigy of Ravana during Dussehra celebrations. They alleged that she left soon after the accident. "So she rushed to the hospital", Sidhu said.
Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha also said his ministry is not to be blamed for any lapses leading to the disaster.
He said: "I didn't see the train coming". Chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani said in a statement that the accident occurred at a midsection between the Amritsar and Manawala stations and not at a level crossing.
Sidhu said some people say that this train does not pass by the area at a speed of more than 30 kmph and two trains had passed by just before the tragedy.
Opposition parties Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that Navjot Kaur Sidhu had fled the scene after the accident.