Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab

Train kills around 50 Dussehra revellers in Punjab

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.

Amritsar city police commissioner S.S. Srivastava told reporters: 'There are more than 50 casualties.

The toll is expected to rise over 100.

In February, four elephants were killed after they were hit by a train travelling from Guwahati to Silchar, about 110 miles away from its departure station in the state of Assam.

An eyewitness told a local TV channel there was "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" towards them.

The incident bears a striking similarity to a 2012 train accident in Kerala where the Trivandrum-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express struck down people who were standing on the tracks to watch fireworks, killing three and injuring one person.

Officials said the priority now was to take the injured to local hospitals.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was "pained beyond words" at the loss of lives in the tragedy. "District authorities have been mobilised on war footing".

Image: Scores of people had lined up to film the celebrations on their phones.

"Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab". When the effigy caught fire, they ran helter-skelter in a near-stampede. The train was on full speed near the Choura Bazar area of Amritsar and ran over the people who were standing on the line. In a statement to ANI, PRO of Indian Railways said there is no confirmation on the number of dead and injured.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also said he was asking the state government and the party workers to provide immediate relief at the accident site.

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