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People celebrating Dussehra near tracks hit by train In Amritsar, several people died

Oct 19th, 2018 9:46 pm | By | Category: LATEST NEWS

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In a tragic accident, at least over 50 people were killed and several others were injured when a train ran over them while they were celebrating Dussehra. The accident happened near Joda Phatak area of Amritsar.
A large number of people were watching the Ravan effigy in flames while standing along the railway tracks when the train crushed them. The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar. They reportedly could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding crackers.

PM Narendra Modi twiited: Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.

Railways Friday rushed its top officials to Amritsar as several Dussehra revellers were run over by a passing train, while Union minister Piyush Goyal said immediate relief and rescue operations are being conducted.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani and Northern Railway general manager Vishwesh Chaube are rushing to the spot, officials said.

“Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the injured to recover quickly. Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations,” Goyal tweeted from the US, where he had gone to attend an event.

“Very very sad to learn about the unfortunate rail incident in Amritsar during Dussehra festivities. I have no words to describe my shock and agony. My heart goes out to the family members of the victims. Pray that the injured persons recover very quickly,” TMC chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced Rs 5 lakh for kin of each deceased and free treatment for the injured, officials said there was no decision as yet on any compensation from the Railways.

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