Amritsar train tragedy LIVE Updates: Over 60 people have lost their lives and around 50 others injured after a passenger train ran over people watching Dussehra celebrations near Jhoda Phatak in Amritsar. As per television reports, people had gathered in large numbers to participate in festivities when this unfortunate incident happened. Police said that the speeding passenger train crushed the crowd when a large number of people were watching the Ravan effigy in flames while standing along the railway tracks.
A PTI report said that the train was coming from Jalandhar and heading to Amritsar railway station. Sub Divisional Magistrate Amritsar, Rajesh Sharma, told PTI that 50 bodies have been found and at least 50 injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.
“There are more than 50 casualties. We are evacuating people, injured taken to the hospital,” a police official involved in rescue and relief operations told news agency ANI.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the train accident and declared one-day mourning in the state on Saturday. The CM visited Amritsar in the morning to personally supervise relief operations and meet families of the victims. “The state will remain in mourning tomorrow in view of #Amritsar train mishap. All offices & educational institutions will remain closed,” the chief minister tweeted.