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At Least 50 Killed as Train Mows Down People Watching Dussehra Festivities in Amritsar

The bursting of the crackers from the Ravana effigy had reportedly drowned out the noise of the approaching train.

Amritsar: At least 50 people were killed on Friday evening when a train mowed into a crowd watching the  Dussehra festivities that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy, officials said. The bursting of the crackers from the effigy had reportedly drowned out the noise of the approaching train.

The accident took place at Joda Phatak in Amritsar.

The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar. At least 300 people were at the spot watching ‘Ravan dahan‘, sources said.

“The administration and the Dussehra committee are at fault, they should have raised an alarm when the train was approaching, they should have made sure that the train halts or slows down,” an eyewitness told news agency ANI.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted soon after the accident that he was rushing to Amritsar to personally to supervise the relief and rescue efforts and that the state government would give Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those killed.

(With inputs from PTI)

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