Amritsar – In a major accident on the eve of Dusshera 2018 in Amritsar (Punjab), over 50 people have died and hundreds have been run over by a train. The incident happened at Choura Bazar area of Amritsar where people gathered in the evening to watch Ravana.
As per reports, the event of Dusshera in Amritsar where Ravana was set to burn was in an open ground. However, it was close to a railway line. As the effigy of Ravana was set on fire, panic gripped.
Due to the loud burst of crackers, people started moving back and many others were standing on the Railway line to have a view of Dusshera 2018 celebrations. Due to the loud noise of crackers, they could not hear the voice of the train coming from one side. The train was on full speed near the Choura Bazar area of Amritsar and ran over the people who were standing on the line.
As per first reports that came in as soon as the incident happened, over 50 people have died. However, it is estimated that the number might reach 100. Due to the fast-moving train, many people who were very close to the railway line were sucked in due to pressure. The train went by killing and injuring hundreds of people. The exact location of the incident is near Joda Phatak area, Choura Bazaar, Amritsar.
Dusshera 2018 Amritsar Train Accident
Police and a lot of locals have reached the spot in large number. People are trying to save those who have been injured. They are being taken to nearby hospitals. The local administration is in full swing for the rescue operation of those who have survived.
As far as the reason for the accident is concerned, no enquiry has been marked as of now. It has been said that the foremost priority is to save the injured and clear the debris. It was DMU train number 74943 that run over several people at once.
As per reports, over 500-600 people were present on the spot when the incident happened. Some people are blaming the Dusshera committee for the accident while some are saying that the railways are at fault. Minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted that all support from the central government would be given in this hour of grief.