New Delhi: Amritsar train accident, in which about 60 people were killed, was caused due to the negligence of persons reportedly standing on and near the railway tracks witnessing Dusshera Mela at Dhobi Ghat, Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) SK Pathak concluded in the inquiry, sources close to ANI claimed on Thursday.
Reportedly, he also recommended that prior intimation to railway administration should be given by the district administration/organisers to hold big events like mela/rally so that railway can take proper precautions in consultation with stakeholders
Pathak began his probe into the train tragedy on Sunday.
The railways had initially refused to order a probe, saying it was a case of trespassing and not of negligence by its officials or the loco-pilot.
But two weeks after the accident, it said the chief commissioner of Railway safety would probe the tragedy.
Additional Director General of Police (Railways) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota is separately conducting an inquiry into the Amritsar train accident to fix responsibility.
The development comes a day after a 300-page magisterial probe report on the train tragedy was submitted to the Punjab Home Secretary on Wednesday. The report would now be examined by the Home Department.
Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B Purushartha, who was appointed special executive magistrate by the government to probe the October 19 accident, said the report was submitted to Punjab Home Secretary NS Kalsi.
The report had statements of over 150 people. They included railway officials and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event, held close to the railway tracks in Amritsar.
Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had questioned the Railways for giving a clean chit to the train driver, too had submitted his statement in writing.
About sixty people were mowed down by a train that hurtled through a crowd, which had spilled onto the railways tracks while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy on Dussehra this year.