‘Law and order is being looked after by the state government and now it is up to the state
government to take further action,’ Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told reporters when asked about what steps Railways is taking post the tragedy.
Senior officials in Amritsar suggested that the people standing on the railway tracks amounted to ‘trespassing’ and moreover Railways had ‘no case’ registered.
The Railway officials also sought to give a clean chit to the driver saying he could not be found fault with as the train was being driven on the major Amritsar-Delhi railway line.
From an estimated 110 kmph, officials say, the driver, after noticing the people over the track,s applied the brakes and brought down the speed to 68 kmph.
However, he could not do much to save the situation.
Meanwhile, sources said security has been beefed up in and around the railway station to avert any untoward situation.
People took to streets in parts of Amritsar protesting the alleged government apathy.
Punjab BJP has blamed the Congress government over the train mishap and asked how celebrations were allowed near the railway tracks.
The Akali Dal leader and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal attributed “administrative laxity” for the tragedy.