New Delhi: The Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) concluded its inquiry of the deadly Amritsar Train tragedy and blames peoples negligence, as they were standing near the railway tracks to witness Ravan Effigy burning celebration.
‘No information was given about the Dussehra event to the railways’
CCRS Shailesh Pathak who led the investigation of the tragic incident that claimed 62 lives said that the incident occurred due to “error in working by public near railway line”. CCRS recommended that a prior intimation by the district administration should be given in advance to the railway before organizing such events so that railway can take precautionary measures in consultation with the stakeholders.
The probe report said that the location of the accident was not visible till the train reached near 250 meters of the crowd. The incident took place at around 7 p.m. and there was smoke all around due to the burning of Ravan’s effigy where firecrackers were used.
The report gave a clean chit to the Railways of any wrongdoing in the incident. It further added that negligence of people near the railway tracks at the time of incident caused the deaths.
“Some of the policemen tried to move the crowd away from the tracks, but the crowd did not listen to them,” the news agency ANI quotes the report as saying.