ABP News reaches the track in Amritsar where Dussehra's biggest mishap happened

The train could not be heard approaching due to the sound of firecrackers. Pic @SATINDER_13

The train could not be heard approaching due to the sound of firecrackers. Pic @SATINDER_13

More than 50 people reportedly were killed Friday when a train plowed through revelers who had gathered on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Amritsar for the Hindu celebration of Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil. A train at full speed tore through revellers who had been pushed back about 100 feet from the periphery of a burning effigy of Ravan.

The train was on way Amritsar and was coming from Pathankot.

He said they didn't see the train, which failed to stop after the accident.

ANI, a domestic news agency, reported that the chief medical officer of the civil hospital in Amritsar said 60 people had been killed and at least 51 injured. At least 300 people were at the spot watching "Ravana dahan" at a ground near the tracks. Wails 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 even be identified.

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Shatrughan Das, an injured 35-year-old factory worker, said he was sitting close to the tracks watching the fireworks.

"The reports indicate the train crashed through the crowd at that time", said Raveen Thukral, Media Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. That would amount to $6,805.50 per family. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones&I pray that the injured recover quickly.

"Very very sad to learn about the unfortunate rail incident in Amritsar during Dussehra festivities". The Home Secretary and the Health Secretary, along with the DGP, Law and Order, have also left for Amritsar.He announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.The Amritsar administration has set up a helpline (No. 01832421050). "Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required".

"Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab. The people were standing on and near the track", senior local police official Parbhjot Singh told CNN. The railway crossing was open but the train should have been slowed in view of the festival, " she said. Amritsar police commissioner S.S. Srivastava said the death toll could mount. Among the noise, nobody noticed the upcoming train and led to the mishap.

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