CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the Amritsar train accident on Friday and said he was rushing to the spot to personally supervise rescue and relief operations.
At least 50 people were killed when a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.
The chief minister also announced free treatment to all injured in the accident.
Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the… https://t.co/6jiATjWfM6
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Sub divisional magistrate, Amritsar I, Rajesh Sharma said 50 bodies have been found and at least 50 injured have been admitted to a government hospital.
Officials said the toll may be higher.
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Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab. Understand Indian Railways and local authorit… https://t.co/jziHlFX7bp
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As the effigy was lit and the fireworks went off, a section of the crowd started retreating towards the tracks where a large number of people were already standing to watch the event, officials said.
However, two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape, they said
Several people were mowed down by one of the trains, they added
The train accident in Punjab in which over 50 people have died is shocking. I urge the state government & Congress… https://t.co/x8REkRzHgv
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1539961822000