Witnesses said the dead included children. There were reportedly around 700 people at the accident spot, according to news agency IANS.
At least 60 people celebrating Dussehra were killed after a train ran over hundreds standing on a railway track in Amritsar on Friday evening. As Ravan’s effigy – located very close to the tracks at Jaura Phatak – was lit and fireworks went off, a section of the crowd retreated towards the tracks, where a large number of people were already standing to watch the celebrations. The people who were hit could not see or hear the train due to the exploding crackers. An angry crowd shouted slogans against local legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was present as chief guest during the event. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the accident. “The accident occurred within minutes when the train came at a high speed. The train did not blow the horn. The chief minister has ordered an investigation into the incident: Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu told ANI.”
Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the programme, later said nobody knew how the accident happened as people were enjoying and also taking selfies standing on the tracks.
Many, including political leaders, took to Twitter to express dismay over the selfie culture during such tragic incidents.
“It was a sad and an unfortunate incident. It is necessary to understand that it was an accident. There has been negligence but it was never intentional or motivated,” Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu told ANI at Civil Hospital.
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Amritsar commissioner of police SS Srivastava confirmed the death toll. He said they were trying to clear the bodies from the tracks and take the injured to nearby hospitals.
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.
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At least 50 people watching the burning of a Ravana effigy from a railway track were mowed down by a speeding train.
A large number of around 700 people were watching the huge Ravana effigy in flames amid exploding crackers while on the tracks at Joda Phatak near Dhobi Ghat within the city when the train going to Amritsar from Jalandhar came hurtling down around 7 p.m.
It took just about 10-15 seconds for the train to pass — and leave behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies.
Most people reportedly could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding crackers.
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