Update: An eyewitness says, a train travelling at a fast speed ran over several people during Dussehra celebrations, in Choura Bazar near Amritsar.
Amritsar: 50 feared dead in a major train accident in Amritsar, Punjab during Ravan effigy burning.
At least 50 people were killed as a train in Amritsar’s Joda Phatak on Friday ran into a crowd watching the burning of an effigy of Ravan, PTI reported quoting Sub-divisional Magistrate Rajesh Sharma. Around 50 injured have been admitted to a government hospital, Sharma said.
Officials fear that the toll may go up. “Exact figure is not known but it is definitely more than 50-60,” Amritsar Police Commissioner SS Srivastava told. “We are still evacuating people.”
Dussehra celebrations were being held along railway tracks when the accident took place. The train was en route to Amritsar from Jalandhar.
At least 300 people were at the spot watching the celebrations. Officials said as the effigy was lit and fireworks went off, the crowd started moving towards the railway tracks. Two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving the people standing on the tracks little time to escape, quoting officials.