To prevent any Amritsar-like incident, Northern Railways has instructed train drivers to slow down and guards to take appropriate safety measures on spotting a crowd or events related to festivals near railway tracks. On October 19, the guard, barely 400 metres away, had failed to alert either the people watching Dussehra celebrations standing on the tracks or the nearest station. Fifty-nine people were mowed down by the train as the people standing on the tracks were caught unawares.
The Indian Railways has maintained that it was not at fault because it had no intimation of the event. “The railways has taken the incident of running over of 59 people which occurred on October 19 very seriously and to ensure that such incidents don’t happen in the future, the railway administration has issued the following orders which are to be implemented,” said the letter dated October 23 written by the senior divisional operational manager Northern Railway to all the divisions of the zone. Read more
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