People Ignored Closed Level-Crossing, Says Railways On Punjab Tragedy

Posted October 20, 2018

Amritsar: In a horrific incident, around 50 people glued to watching a burning Ravan effigy while standing on railway tracks were crushed by a speeding train here in Punjab on Friday.

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.

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.

Following the accident, a large number of people rushed to the site and shouted at railway officials for not taking precautions in view of the festival. The mishap took place near the Joda Phatak in Choura Bazar area of AMritsar where locals had gathered in numbers to attend the Dussehra celebrations on Friday. The train was coming from Pathankot.

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Police has confirmed that at least 100 people were dead. "We have asked all hospitals to remain open through the night so that the injured can be treated", Singh told reporters. "The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital", Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told news agencies.

Last November, 13 coaches of an express train derailed in the north of the country, killing three people and leaving another nine with injuries.

A crisis management center was in operation, and Singh described the mobilization of local authorities as on par with "war footing".

Modi also approved Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of those deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the accident.

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"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'.

"Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar".

A derailment in August 2017, which killed 23 people, was the fourth major accident within the span of a year on the world's fourth biggest rail network.

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