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Amritsar Dussehra Event Organisers Missing, Protesters Target Their Homes

The area near the accident site remained on the edge as angry locals who were on a sit-in protest near the rail tracks were cleared by the police.

The organisers of the Dussehra event in Amritsar during which 61 people were crushed by a speeding train on Friday faced public anger as protesters threw stones at their home this morning. The organisers, Sourabh Madan Mithu and his father, local councillor Vijay Madan, are missing. Heavy police presence was seen outside their home, which was locked and has broken windows.

No arrests have been made two days after a train hit people watching the Dussehra celebrations near a railway track in the holy city of Punjab. The First Information Report names no one and is against unidentified people on the grounds that the accused in the case were yet to be identified.

The area near the accident site remained on the edge as angry locals who were on a sit-in protest since yesterday near the rail tracks were cleared by the police today. But within minutes, the protesters clashed with the police and threw stones. The residents had blocked the traffic around the Joda Pathak area and raised slogans against the district administration, claiming that some people were still who were near the tracks on that fateful evening are still missing. The protesters demanded that the missing people be traced and also adequate compensation be given to the families of the victims.

A Punjab Police commando and a photojournalist were injured in today's clashes. Following the tense situation, police urged locals to stay indoors.


61 people were crushed to death under a speeding train in Amritsar. (PTI)

The train driver has not been arrested because he was not named in the complaint, an officer said.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who visited the accident site yesterday, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

Family members of the victims demanded the resignation of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu was the chief guest at the Dusshera function. Ms Sidhu said she had left the venue before the accident.

The railways maintained that it was not responsible for the tragedy, saying people were "trespassing" on the tracks and refused to call it an "accident".

Report by Mankind News 

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