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Punjab-Amritsar train accident dussehra

Railway accident in Amritsar, several feared dead. Courtesy: Times Now

In a tragic accident, at least 52 people were killed and several others were injured when a train ran over them while they were celebrating Dussehra. The accident happened near Joda Phatak area of Amritsar.

A large number of people were watching the Ravan effigy in flames while standing along the railway tracks when the train crushed them. The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar.

They reportedly could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding crackers.

*Railway Minister Piyush Goyal cancelled all his engagements in the US and said he is immediately returning to India. The minister, who is in the US to receive the prestigious Carnot prize for his contribution towards sustainable energy solutions, said Railways is proving all possible assistance at the accident site.

*Railways issues helpline numbers: 0183-2223171, 0183-2564485.

The train was reportedly travelling at a high speed. The gates of the unmanned crossing were reportedly closed and the train was blowing the horns but people could not hear it due to the noise of firecrackers.

The train was reportedly travelling at a high speed. The gates of the unmanned crossing were reportedly closed and the train was blowing the horns but people could not hear it due to the noise of firecrackers.

* Witnesses said the dead included children. There were reportedly around 700 people at the accident spot; new wire agency PTI however claimed that there were 300 at the spot.

*”There are more than 50 casualties. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.

*Punjab chief minister to visit Amritsar tomorrow morning. He also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of deceased.

* The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, also expressed grief over the train tragedy.

*Congress chief Rahul Gandhi asks state govt, party workers to provide immediate relief at Amritsar train accident site.
* Home minister Rajnath Singh Friday announces all possible assistance by the Centre to Punjab.

* Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operation.

* West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday night expressed grief at the death of several people in the train accident in Amritsar during Dussehra celebrations there.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/train-accident-near-amritsar-at-least-50-feared-dead/articleshow/66285947.cms