Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab

Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab

The train was en route to Amritsar from Jalandhar when the incident occurred in the evening at Joda Phatak.

According to The Times of India, citing railway officials, they had spilled on the tracks to get a good view of a burning effigy of the demon Ravana, which is a tradition of the annual gala. Several people were mowed down by one of the trains, they added. Two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving the people standing on the tracks little time to escape, PTI reported, quoting officials.

Pratap Singh Bajwa, a local party leader, has said there are at least 50 casualties. "Injured people have been taken to the hospital", said Punjab police. The injured were rushed to nearby hospital. Singh himself will visit Amritsar tomorrow to assess the situation.

Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab

As per reports, over 500-600 people were present on the spot when the incident happened.

Modi also said that he has asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the Amritsar train accident on Friday and said he was rushing to the spot to personally supervise rescue and relief operations. "My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly", he said in a tweet. District authorities have been directed to take up relief and rescue operations on a war footing, tweets Punjab CM Amrinder Singh. On-lookers say the police personnel have neither warned the crowd not to stand on railway track nor they have informed the near-by railway crossing.

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