61 people died in Amritsar Train Tragedy

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On the evening of Vijaya Dashmi in Amritsar on Friday, happiness turned into sorrowness. 61 people were died in a horrific train accident during dussehra celebration event. The train going to Amritsar from Jalandhar passed from the track and crushed the people standing on the track to watch effigy combustion.

On Friday evening, the effigy of Ravana was being burnt near railway tracks in the 'Joda Fatak’ area of ​​the Choda Bazaar. At the same time, the train going to Amritsar from Jalandhar came at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour and as the effigy was set onto fire, due to the amid loud noise of firecrackers, people reportedly could not hear the sound of the oncoming train. It took only 10 to 15 seconds for the train to pass through and crashed through the crowd. As soon as the train passed, the screams of the injured were heard. The bodies were scattered around 150 meters on both sides of the track.

So far 61 people have died in this accident. 51 people are injured, most of whom are being treated as delicate. Medical Officer of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital has said that 20 people have died in their hospital.

Railway has released two helpline numbers for Amritsar train accident. 0183-2223171, 0183-2564485, you can take information on this number. The injured have been admitted to Gurunanak Hospital and on behalf of the Punjab Government; people have been requested to donate blood.

After the incident, the wave of grief has been spread across the country. President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief at the death of the people. Modi has instructed officials to provide immediate help. President Kovind said, "I am sad to hear the news of train accidents on the tracks of Amritsar in Punjab. I think Indian Railways and local officials will be helping the affected people.”

The central government has declared two lakh and the state government has declared five lakh rupees as compensation to the train accident victim’s family. With the announcement of compensation, the Chief Minister said that he is going to take a self-indication of the relief and rescue operation. The Chief Minister has also announced free treatment for all those who injured in the accident.

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