50 killed as train hits crowd watching Ravana effigy burn in Amritsar

More than 50 killed as train runs over people watching 'Ravana dahan' in Amritsar

In a tragic incident, a train on Friday rammed into a gathering of people watchig Dussehra festival in Amritsar.

The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar. The exact location of the incident is near Joda Phatak area, Choura Bazaar, Amritsar.

At least 50 people were killed and several injured this evening when a train ran into crowd watching Dussehra celebrations near Amritsar in Punjab, police said. Since the crackers were burning with large sound, people couldn't hear the train sound.

"There are more than 50 casualties". Since it was Dussehra, several people of all age groups were present to witness the burning of effigies of Ravana near the railway track when suddenly an EMU arrived on the track. Local authorities are evacuating the injured people from the accident site and are being shifted to a nearby hospital.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced compensation of Rs five lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the Amritsar train accident and said he was rushing to the spot to personally supervise rescue and relief operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the incident and said he had asked officials to provide immediate assistance. Minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted that all support from the central government would be given in this hour of grief. "My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly".

"May god give strength to the bereaved families and wishing speedy recovery to those injured". "I spoke to home secretary of Punjab and DGP of the state regarding the train accident in Amritsar", Singh said on Twitter.

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