The driver said people started throwing stones at the train when it was "almost on the verge of stopping" and so, keeping in mind the safety of his passengers, he continued towards Amritsar and informed officials there about the accident.
The police booked unidentified protesters who clashed with them on Sunday morning as the police began clearing the railway tracks in the area. Rapid Action Force and paramilitary forces were also deployed at the spot.
The Jalandhar-Amritsar express hit scores of people who had gathered on the tracks Friday to get a view of a firework-packed effigy of the demon king Ravana for a Hindu festival.
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The Congress on Sunday said that Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha's rejection of an inquiry into the Railways' role in the Amritsar tragedy was "extremely cruel".
Earlier Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani had explained that the accident site falls under the "mid-section of the two stations" where the trains run at their "assigned speed" as per the condition of the track.
Singh declared a state of mourning and said all offices and educational institutions across the state would remain closed on Saturday. One official said the local response was on par with a "war footing" as emergency workers tended to the dead and injured.
The Punjab Police will conduct a separate probe into the train tragedy in Amritsar on Friday in which 59 people lost their lives and almost 60 others were injured.
She had claimed that she even personally treated some of the victims, besides arranging for some more doctors to attend on them. In the event, the Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu was invited as the chief guest. "All we could hear around us was people screaming and crying", Paramjeet Singh, another onlooker, said.
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The railways has maintained that it was not at fault because it had no intimation about the Dussehra event.
The protestors had threatened to block all train traffic unless action was taken against railway officials and organisers of the Dussehra committee. As many as 61 people were killed and more than 72 injured a lot of them with grievous wounds in the macabre incident.
He acknowledged that guards were asked to be on alert and organizers in the past used to make regular announcements to clear the tracks.
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