Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

At least 50 killed as train runs over Dussehra revellers in Punjab

At least 50 killed as train runs over Dussehra revellers in Punjab

Amritsar Police Commissioner SS Srivastava said on Amritsar train accident.

The incident took place around 6.45 pm at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak railway crossing.

Over 50 people were killed when a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy near Amritsar were run over by a train, officials said.

Quting an eyewitness, news agency ANI reported that the speeding train ran over several people during Dussehra celebrations, in Choura Bazar near Amritsar.

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The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi. Singh himself will visit Amritsar tomorrow to assess the situation.

Pratap Singh Bajwa, a local party leader, has said there are at least 50 casualties. "My wife is visiting the injured at the hospital".

"Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue in tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar". There were around 500-700 people at the spot. My government will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals. "District authorities have been mobilised on war footing", Amarinder tweeted. "My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly".

Following the train mishap, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed officials to take all possible measures to provide immediate assistance. 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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