Railway officials rush to Amritsar train accident site, rescue operations underway

19 October, 2018, 20:10 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • More than 50 killed as train runs over people watching 'Ravana dahan' in Amritsar

Area legislator and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu told a news channel on telephone from Bengaluru that the death toll was alarmingly high. "People who are doing politics over this incident should be ashamed". "We are still evacuating people".

According to Amritsar Police Commissioner SS Srivastava, "The exact number of casualties is unconfirmed but it is definitely more than 50-60".

#Punjab: At gate no. 27 b/w Amritsar & Manawala.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted soon after the accident that he was rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise the relief and rescue efforts and that the state government would give Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those killed. The train was en route to Amritsar from Jalandhar. In a statement to ANI, PRO of Indian Railways said there is no confirmation on the number of dead and injured.

His wife Navjot Kaur Singh was the Chief Guest at the Dussehra where the incident occurred at around 7 p.m. Reportedly, the incident took place when people were standing on tracks to watch Ravan effigy burning and the sound of crackers drowned out that of the approaching train, leading to the mishap. "The incidental information is being collected".

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#WATCH Eyewitness at #Amritsar accident site says, "Congress had organised Dussehra celebrations here without permission".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief on the loss of lives. He said they did not see the train, which failed to stop after the accident on Friday.

"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'.

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