New Delhi :
The Punjab police on Sunday cleared a section of the railway track in Amritsar which was blocked by agitators seeking action against the organisers of the Dussehra committee following Friday’s train accident that left 59 dead and 57 injured.
The protestors clashed with police personnel and resorted to stone-pelting in which some several people received minor injuries. The police personnel used force clear off the protesters who were raising slogans against the state government.
The residents of the Joda Patak area, where the tragic train accident happened, started their protest demanding action against the train driver. The police have deployed its personnel, including Rapid Action Force and commandoes, to manage the crowd.
On Friday evening, a high-speed Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU train mowed down as many as 59 people watching the effigy of demon king Ravana burn on the occasion of Dussehra - a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.
The district administration said that of the 59 people killed in the year's biggest train mishap, 40 have been identified. The Punjab government has announced Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia for kins of deceased and free treatment for the injured.