Amritsar: Although the Punjab police have registered a first information report in connection with the recent train tragedy, they have not named anybody on the ground that the accused were yet to be identified. No case has been filed against the organisers either, even though it is apparent that all necessary permissions were not secured.
In fact, both Congress councillor Vijay Madaan and her son Saurabh Madaan Mithu, who organised the ill-fated Dussehra celebrations, continue to remain untraceable. When an agitated crowd raised a ruckus and went to the organiser’s house, Saurabh and his mother were nowhere to be found. According to a neighbour, the duo had “fled for their safety.”
The police have since acquired CCTV footage of Sourabh leaving his residence soon after the tragedy in an SUV. He and his mother are incommunicado and their mobiles are switched off. No inquiry has been ordered against the driver of the train either, and the Railways continue to maintain that the spectators were trespassing on the tracks.
But in closed quarters questions are being raised about the speed of the train, the conduct of the driver — post mishap – and why the Railway authorities did not act even though the Dussehra preparations were on in the vicinity of the railway crossing for some time. Incidentally, the festivities are an annual ritual and the venue is also the same.
Also, it is a wonder why no standing instructions were given to the drivers of incoming and outgoing trains to watch out for revellers and to crawl at a snail’s pace in the danger zone. A police commando and a photojournalist were injured on Sunday when protesters pelted stones and clashed with security personnel; finally, they were forcibly evicted from the rail track where 59 Dussehra revellers were mowed down. After that, the first train ran on the track since the accident took place on Friday night.