Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, Lucknow to probe Amritsar accident

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New Delhi, November 3, 2018

The Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), Lucknow will conduct a statutory inquiry into the accident in which at least 58 people were killed and 72 others injured after a speeding train mowed down a large group of people who had strayed on to the railway tracks at Joda Phatak, a level crossing, during Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar in the evening of October 19.
"The unfortunate incident of run over by a train at Amritsar leading to several deaths and injuries has become a matter of great public discourse especially raising concerns regarding safety of persons trespassing on railway tracks," an official press release from the Ministry of Railways said.
The release said Mr. Gurjeet Singh Aujla, the MP from Amritsar, had met Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and handed over a letter dated October 23 seeking an inquiry by the CRS in the incident.
"Ministry of Railways has considered this request and other facts, circumstances and legal provisions. As per law, in such cases, it is not mandatory to conduct inquiry by Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), but it is not impermissible either. In past, CRS inquiry was conducted in an incident of run over of persons on railway tracks. 
"Though, prima facie, Railways does not appear to be responsible in this incident, issue of inquiry by an independent and technically competent authority not reporting to Ministry of Railways was considered and request was made to CCRS to conduct an inquiry in this matter. Considering this, Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), Lucknow has ordered statutory inquiry into this incident," the release added.

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