At least 50 people die after train runs over crowd in India

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

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

At least 300 people were at the spot watching "Ravana dahan", sources told PTI.

Speaking from the local hospital, she said she immediately rushed to make arrangements for those injured. Due to large crowds, many people stood on near-by railway track and watching the burning of Ravana effigy. However, two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape, they said.

Before the train drivers could react, several people came under the wheels. "As Dussehra celebration was taking place some incident had occurred& people started rushing towards closed gate number 27 while a DMU train number 74943 was passing the closed gate".

#WATCH Amritsar accident: Police Commissioner SS Srivastava says, "Exact death toll is not known but it is definitely more than 50-60". Police have informed that the injured people have been taken to hospitals on an urgent basis. He said he has directed the district administration to leave no stone unturned to ensure the best possible treatment for them.

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Piyush Goyal, the country's railways minister, said "immediate relief and rescue operations" were underway. Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Sarkaria has been deputed to oversee rescue operations, ANI reported. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured", tweets Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Amritsar train mishap.

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

"The tragedy is heart-wrenching", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter. "My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly".

"Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab". He said he has spoken to Punjab home secretary and DGP regarding the accident.

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