Police in Punjab fought on Sunday with people who had blocked the rails in Amritsar and protested against the organizers of the Dusshera committee after the accident on Friday that claimed 61 lives.
The demonstrators also demanded the Dussehra celebrations near the railroad tracks.
Angry locals had warned that they would not let a train pass on the line if their demands were not met. They also demanded that missing persons be located and adequate compensation be paid to the families of those killed after a Jalandhar Amritsar train had whipped through a crowd and seen Ravan's image burned.
The blockade has forced the railroad to break 27 trains since then
Two police officers, including a police command in Punjab, were injured after the demonstrators threw stones at the police force trying to clear the railroad for resumption of rail traffic ,
#WATCH Amritsar: Protesters Are Persecuted Sent away by police at Joda Phatak after throwing stones at them when they (police) told them to clear the railroad tracks where they were protesting #AmritsarTrainAccident sat. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/tAPkOB5fc2
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Reinforcement by Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP City) Amrik Singh Pawar after The Police was attacked and cleared the route. The police also cordoned off the Dhobi Ghat area and Jaura Fatak and made public announcements that no one should come from their homes near the railway line.
Apart from the cancellation of 27 trains, the railways also led many others to Tarn Taran and Beas They said they had to continue their journey, while others stopped by in Jalandhar, railway officials said.
Earlier in the morning, police said they hoped the protest would break out later in the day.
"We hope that normality will do that" On Sunday night, the number of demonstrators in the area was restored, "said a senior police officer, according to PTI.
The situation was peaceful, but tense, when some of the protesters started Throwing stones Some 500 protesters, mostly young men, had blocked the rails at the scene of the accident and raised slogans against the administration and the railways, while shops near the Joda Phatak area remained closed.
"Two workers, the Kamal, who lives near Joda Phatak, is quoted by PTI.
Kamal fears that death tolls may be higher than government figures.
The district administration said 40 of the dead were identified while the process of identifying the others was under way.
Another local called R aju said a man still went for the body of his father, who died in the incident. "He had gone to collect a piece of cloth to cover his father's body, but when he returned, he could not find the body," Raju said.
Another man was heartbroken. He could only find the shoes of his brother Sonu. He took the slippers to the police station and asked him to find his brother.
Family members of the victims said that Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur, who was the main guest of the Dusshera function on Friday night, did not even bother to meet them despite their loss.
These people (political leaders) come only for functions or to ask for votes. Nobody has come to be with us in our hour of distress and grief, "said Pradeep Sharma, a resident of IANS.
Initial release: October 21, 2018 12:40 IST