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Amritsar train tragedy: CCTV footage shows event organiser fleeing the spot

It has also come to light that the organisers of the ill-fated Dussehra event in Amritsar had acquired a no-objection certificate from the police but did not bother to approach municipal authorities for their consent.

New Delhi: In a new development, the police have retrieved a CCTV footage, that shows the Sourabh Madan Mithu – a local councillor’s son escaping from the spot of Dussehra event – which was organised by him and witnessed death of 61 spectators on a railway track in Amritsar.

As per reports, the copy of clip shows Mithu leaving his home in an SUV. In the CCTV footage, Sourabh wearing white kurta pyjama is seen fleeing his residence at 6:57 pm, moments after the train accident.

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Other video footages have also surfaced since the incident took place.

In one video footage going viral over social media, Sourabh and his event manager Sandeep Bawa are seen boasting, “5,000 people are standing on the tracks, watching the show without a worry.”

“His Dussehra committee had asked for permission to hold the event, for which we gave a conditional no-objection certificate that becomes applicable only after you get the corporation’s nod,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police AS Powar.

Mithu along with his mother – who is a Congress Councillor – remain missing over 48 hours after the incident occurred, and protesters have hit the warpath with their demands for the arrest of those responsible.

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Owing to their absence, a group people protested by throwing stones at the organisers’ residence on Saturday afternoon, breaking several windows. Police controlled the crowd and placed the neighbourhood under guard.

“The Madan family had to flee for sake of safety,” a neighbour said. Vijay Madan is the sitting councillor from ward number 29 falling under the Amritsar East assembly constituency.

While the Punjab police has registered an FIR against unidentified people to be behind the train tragedy, many have blamed both Vijay and Sourabh for the mishap.

Earlier on Sunday morning, protesters clashed with the police at Jodha Fatak — the scene of the tragedy — after the latter came down to remove a blockade that had halted train services. No case has been filed against the driver yet, and the Railways continues to maintain that the spectators were trespassing onto the tracks.

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