The locals accused the city administration of negligence and demanded action against the organisers of the Dussehra event, including Municipal Corporation councillor Vijay Madan and her son Saurabh Madan Mithu, both associated with the Congress.
The train was coming from Jalandhar when the accident occurred at Joda Phatak near Amritsar, where at least 300 people were watching the burning.
In just 10-15 seconds it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies. In the official statement the train driver added that the train had nearly come to a halt but after he witnessed a large number of people attacking the train, considering the safety of the passengers in the train, he continued with his journey.
"The incident was not a railways' fault".
Witnesses and survivors said the deafening noise of fire crackers masked the sound of the approaching train.
"Therefore granting permission from the Railway's does not arise", he added. "Even if 500 trains cross this area, they will not move", one announcer is heard boasting in a video of the Dusshera event in the presence of Navjot Kaur.
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He also said at the event that Moscow will be deploying hypersonic weapons in the "coming months", as quoted by CNBC . Putin previous year unveiled "invincible" new weapons that would render Western missile defence systems obsolete.
The agitated protesters blocking the track were removed and train services resumed this afternoon with the movement of a goods train, 40 hours after the horrific accident.
Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani said it was not a "railway accident" but a case of trespassing on rail tracks.
Senior Railway officials were not available for comment on the matter officially.
"It had become dark and everyone was watching the effigy go up in flames when the train suddenly appeared", he said.
At the time of the incident the gates of the manned level crossing were closed and the train was given the green signal. The last recorded speed of the train, according to Divisional Railway Manager (Ferozpur) Vivek Kumar, was 68 kmph, reported PTI. "No one is helping us", said the father of a missing boy. However, Indian Railways has said that there was no lapse on its part.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh announced an ex gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh to the victims' families and free medical treatment to injured in government and private hospitals. The cargo train also had empty bogies. "Doctors are not providing free treatment to the injured people". In November 2016, the Patna-Indore express derailed in Uttar Pradesh state in the middle of the night, killing 139 people.