NHRC takes cognizance in Amritsar accident; issue notices to state, railways
However, the Commission also observed that people sitting on the railway tracks cannot be called as a sane act, but the negligence of the district authorities is apparent.
"It seems that the local authorities and the organisers did not properly manage the crowd, gathered to watch the Dussehra celebrations. It was the responsibility of the State to provide proper safety and protection to the citizens during the event. This is a case of serious violation of human rights of the victims," observed the Commission.
According to the media reports, several people were sitting on the railway track, taking photographs and enjoying burning of the effigy of Ravan, when a train passed through crushing the people.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) has registered a case of culpable homicide and causing death by negligence against unidentified persons. The Railway authorities have stated that they cannot be blamed, as they were not informed about the ceremony.