Amritsar : At least 61 feared dead and 70 others seriously injured when a speeding train hits crowd consisting mainly Dussehra revelers that had spilled onto the railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy. The tragedy took place at the Joda Fatak area where a large crowd had gathered to watch the fireworks.
Scores of people on Saturday staged a sit in on the railway tracks where 61 people were mowed down by the train during Dussehra event. The protesters raised slogans against the state government and demanded action against the train driver.
Speeding train hits crowd
The 70 injured are in serious condition and were admitted in different hospitals in Amritsar.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh visited Amandeep Hospital in Amritsar on Saturday where the injured have been admitted. Simgh also held a meeting with senior officers of the district administrations, Cabinet ministers and Congress legislators. The officers briefed him about the tragedy and the number of deaths and injuries.
61 feared dead after speeding train hits crowd
Due to the train accident on Amritsar-Manawala section, 10 Mail Express trains and 27 passenger trains have been cancelled; 16 trains have been diverted. 10 Mail Express trains and two passenger trains have been short terminated and 6 mail Express trains short originated.