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Amritsar Train Accident: 59 dead; Punjab CM meets injured in hospital, orders release of Rs 3 Cr ex-gratia payment

Rail officials say that it was a clear "case of trespassing" and no permission for the event had been given by the railways.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Amritsar [ Updated: October 20, 2018 18:33 IST ]

Amritsar Train Accident 

At least 59 people were killed and over 60 injured on Friday after a speeding train mowed down a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy at Joda Phatak near Amritsar. The train was coming from Jalandhar and at least 300 people were watching 'Ravana dahan' at a ground adjacent to the tracks.

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Here's what happened throughout the day:

02:40 pm: Assistant Sub-Inspector Daljeet Singh reverted saying police have no objections in this regard, reports ANI

02:30 pm: Dussehra committee had written a letter to police seeking security arrangements for Dussehra celebrations at Dhobi Ghat, Golden Avenue in Amritsar, reports ANI

01:00 pm: We will try that postmortem of the bodies are done as soon as possible. We have identified most of the bodies except 9: Amarinder Singh

12:52 pm:  Responsibility will be fixed after completion of the magisterial probe: Amarinder Singh

12:50 pm: It’s not the time for blame game. The entire country is grieving over the accident: Amarinder Singh

12:42 pm: Punjab CM orders immediate release of Rs. 3 Cr for payment of ex-gratia to the families of the deceased

12:25 pm: Slogans raised against Punjab CM Amarinder Singh outside the hospital where he had gone to visit the patients

Watch: Punjab CM meets injured in hospital, slogans raised against him

12:00 pm: People should refrain from organising such events near tracks in future.Drivers are given specific instructions on where to slow down.There was a curve, driver couldn't have seen it.About what should we order an inquiry? Trains travel in speed only: MoS Rail Manoj Sinha 

11:40 am: I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in Punjab. I ask to convey my words of sympathy&support to families and friends of killed people and to wish soonest recovery to those injured: Putin

11:35 am: Russian President Vladimir Putin offers condolences to President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Amritsar Train Accident

11:30 am: 10 Mail Express trains and 27 passenger trains cancelled, 16 trains diverted, 10 Mail Express trains and 2 passenger trains short terminated and 6 Mail Express trains on Amritsar-Manawala section

11:15 am: Crisis Management Group on relief and rehabilitation measures briefs Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh in Amritsar

11:10 am: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh arrives in Amritsar.

10:27 am: Thirty-nine of the 61 people killed in the train accident have been identified so far.

09:00 am: The accident occurred within a matter minutes when the train came at a high speed. The train did not blow the horn. CM has ordered an investigation into the incident: Navjot Sidhu

08:50 am: It was a sad and an unfortunate incident. It is necessary to understand that it was an accident. There has been negligence but it was never intentional or motivated: Navjot Sidhu

08:45 am: 8 trains cancelled, 5 trains diverted, 10 trains short-terminated, 5 trains short-originated between Amritsar and Manawala on Saturday  

08:30 am: No conspiracy behind Amritsar train accident, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

08:15 am: Latest visuals from accident site

08:05 am: Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will visit the accident site today

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07:45 am: All offices, educational institutions to remain closed today

07:15 am: Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board, visits the accident site 

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07:00 am: Navjot Singh Sidhu visits injured in the hospital

06:10 am: Clear case of trespassing as no permission granted for Dussehra event, say Railway officials

06:05: At least 72 people have been injured in this accident

06:00 am: Death toll mounts to 61

Watch | Amritsar train accident: 61 killed as speeding train runs over people watching Ravan burn

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