Over 50 dead in railway crossing accident in Amritsar, Punjab CM orders probe

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 19, 2018, 07.52 PM(IST)

Tragic accident killed over 50 on a railway crossing in Amritsar. Photograph:( ANI )

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The train bound for Amritsar was coming from Pathankot, more details are awaited. 

More than 50 died in a tragic accident that took place over a railway crossing in Punjab's Amritsar on Friday.

According to reports, people were burning Dussehra effigy near the railway track in Choura Bazar area in Amritsar when a train ran into the crowd.

According to CPRO, Northern Railways, "Ravan effigy was being burnt 70-80 m from the gate, when the effigy fell, people present there ran towards the railway track, at the time a train was passing and level crossing there was shut. As per initial info 30-35 people injured."

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"Operations Incharge at the accident site in Amritsar has told me that only one train was passing from the area. We have issued helpline numbers," the official added. 

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The train bound for Amritsar was coming from Pathankot.

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 "There are more than 50 casualties. We are evacuating people, injured taken to the hospital", Punjab police told media.

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Punjab's Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed Home Secretary, Health Secretary and ADGP Law and Order to immediately rush to Amritsar. Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Sarkaria has been deputed to immediately reach Amritsar to oversee rescue operations.

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The Chief Minister will visit Amritsar tomorrow to access the situation, news agency ANI reported. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness over the tragic accident.

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"Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. 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. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required," the Prime Minister noted.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condoled the loss of people in the mishap. 

 

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