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Blood on the Tracks

While the Railways and civic authorities play innocent and wag fingers at each other, what lessons can we learn from the disaster?

It was a tragedy waiting to happen. Dhobi Ghat, a small municipal ground not far from the railway station in Amritsar, where an Indian Railways DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) ploughed through a crowd killing 59 people and grievously injuring 143, on October 19, has been the site of Dussehra celebrations for years. The ritual slaying of Ravana was to be a particularly 'grand' event this year with the Punjab tourism and local governm­ent minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and wife Navjot Kaur listed as chief guests. The organisers, local area councillor Vijay Madan and her son Sourabh Madan-had informed the city police that

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