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Mumbai: Nilofer Hussain, daughter of Sayed Hussain, the taxi driver who was killed in a drunk-driving accident on the Eastern Expressway in Mumbai, has told the media that she will “ensure justice for her father”.

The accused Janhavi Gadkar, was driving her Audi Q3 at a speed of more than 120kmph, when she slammed into the taxi. The impact was so strong, that the front of the taxi was entirely crushed, instantly killing the 57- year- old Sayed Hussain. Gas cutters had been employed to retrieve his body from the damaged car.

“Irresponsible, is small word to describe the people who did this. How can you do this? This happens because people have an attitude that it is India, and anything can be done here. That is the main reason why people think that drinking and driving is okay. Because they think, at the end of the day, if they have money, they can get away with it. People need to change their attitude,” she told a news channel.

Nilofer told the media outlet, that the news of the accident came as a big shock to the family, as her father, who had been driving a taxi for the past 30 years, was never involved even in a minor accident.

“This is absolutely horrendous. My dad has been working as a cab driver since a long, long time. He has been driving for more than 25 years and his has been the safest pair of hands behind the wheel. He has worked extremely hard all his life and he has never had any accident. Not even a minor accident.”

Nilofer added, that none of the authorities tried to reach out to her family.

“We haven’t even heard from the police. They have not even acknowledged us. No one has even turned up to say what has happened. Just because he was a cab driver, it does not mean that he had no existence. This is nonsense, what were the police doing?”  Nilofer  was reported as saying to NDTV.

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The Families Of Victims In Railway Accident Incident In India Stage Protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

‘No lapse on our part’

The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

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A man mourns next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people, at a cremation site in Amritsar, India. VOA

“Railways cannot be blamed. Railways were not informed about the ceremony,” Manoj Sinha told reporters Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Sinha ruled out any punitive action against his staff, saying, “There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.”

Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.

‘Heart-wrenching’

Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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India’s railway network remains the main form of travel in the vast country, where railway accidents are relatively common.

Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)