At least 50 feared dead in train mishap in Amritsar

At least 50 feared dead in train mishap in Amritsar

At least 50 feared dead in train mishap in Amritsar

The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi.

Wails and cries of people filled the air as friends and relatives frantically looked for their near and dear ones. Thirty bodies had been removed from the site by Friday evening. Many bodies could not be identified. He also alleged that Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife fled from the scene instead of helping people.

There was shock and disbelief as panic-stricken people recounted the horror. 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 travelling from Jalandhar when the accident happened, with TV channel Times Now reporting that those struck were unable to hear it approach due to the overbearing sound of firecrackers being let off. There were around 500-700 people at the spot. "There are more than 50 casualties. We are still evacuating people". Several others, who got injured, were rushed to nearby hospitals. She was escorted away immediately after the accident.

President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed sock at the tragic accident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the tragedy is "heart-wrenching".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the latest disaster. District authorities have been directed to take up relief and rescue operations on a war footing, tweets Punjab CM Amrinder Singh. He tweeted, "My government will give Rs. 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals". The Chief Minister will visit the site of the incident on Saturday.

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