Many Feared Dead as Train Runs Into Crowd Near Amritsar

Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab Edited By Odishatv Bureau | By IANS Last updated Oct 19 2018- 21:09:50 Share

Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab Edited By Odishatv Bureau | By IANS Last updated Oct 19 2018- 21:09:50 Share

At this time, Nakodar Jalandhar DMU no. 74943, a local passenger train, came and ran into people standing on the track, who were shooting videos of the burning effigy.

The people who were mowed down reportedly could not hear the train coming due to the exploding crackers.

Officials fear that the toll may go up.

Pratap Singh Bajwa, a local party leader, has said there are at least 50 casualties.

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

Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. District authorities have been directed to take up relief and rescue operations on a war footing, tweets Punjab CM Amrinder Singh. He said he asked officials concerned to provide immediate assistance.

Another five were killed in December when they were hit by a train in the same state, with 60 thought to having died on the tracks in the whole of 2017 - and 110 the year before that. "They are rushing to the spot". Witnesses said that as fire was set to the Ravan effigy amid exploding crackers, numerous around 700 people gathered at the event moved back from the flames only to end up standing on the tracks. "Before anyone could realise what was happening, it ran over scores of people".

Eyewitnesses said there were no barricading near the railway tracks and the people were forced to see the Dusshehra ceremony by standing on tracks.

Police has confirmed that at least 100 people were dead.

Witnesses said the dead included children.

News agency ANI quoted an eyewitness at the accident site as saying: "Congress had organised Dussehra celebrations here without permission. Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife was the chief guest at the celebrations and she continued to give a speech as people were struck down by the train".