Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed Home Secretary NS Kalsi to prepare detailed guidelines for permission to hold religious and social congregations, in order to prevent the kind of tragedy that struck Amritsar during Dussehra celebrations on Friday. He says,"It is an unpardonable negligence. Strong action should be taken.
It is a mass massacre. There were vacant seats at Dhobi Ghat ground. There was no stampede. Announcements were made times asking people to come inside Dhobi Ghat ground. The railways cancelled 37 trains and diverted 16 trains on Saturday.
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While 16 trains were diverted and reached their destination through a different route, 18 trains were short terminated, Northern Railways spokesperson Deepak Kumar said. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said in a statement that the accident occurred at a mid-section between the Amritsar and Manawala stations and not at a level crossing. Dalbir Singh had just finished playing Ravana at the Ramleela festivities in Amritsar and was getting ready to watch the burning of the effigy a little after 7 pm on Friday.
He was walking towards Joda Phatak to get a better view of the fireworks, when he saw a train at breakneck speed, approaching the crowd who were standing on track to watch the Dussehra festivities. Before he could raise an alarm, Mr Singh was crushed under the train. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences over the accident.
Chief Minister Amrinder Singh has reached Amritsar airport. He is being briefed about the relief operations by officials and the Crises Management Team. According to sources, organisers had informed the administration about the event, but they did not seek permission of Indian Railways. Also this year, the event was organised on larger scale as the Congress government was in power in the state.
Witnesses said the dead included children.
There were around people at the accident spot. At least 58 people have been injured; 13 of them are critical. It will take time to identify more bodies as they have been cut into pieces by the metal wheels of the fast-moving train, they said. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is expected to arrive in an hour. Mr Singh is expected to visit the civil hospital in Amritsar, where the injured are undergoing treatment. Congress corporator's son had organised the function.
Saurabh Mithu Madan is the son of ward number 29 councillor Vijay Madan. His wife Navjot Kaur was the chief guest.
There were a lot of bodies all over. Somebody's head was cut off, somebody's limbs were cut off," an eyewitness in the incident said, according to news agency ANI.
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Amritsar - Suresh Prabhu sureshpprabhu October 19, Amritsar Train Accident: Around 72 have been injured. Railways not kept in loop about Dussehra celebrations near Amritsar accident site, no permission given by us for it: Official, according to news agency Press Trust of India. Minutes after the DMU Jalandhar-Amritsar passenger train on Friday crushed over 60 people watching the burning of a Ravan effigy from a railway track, the locomotive pilot of the train immediately informed the station master at the next station about the incident, officials said.
I visited the accident site. Everyone present there including those who lost their family members complained against Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Navjot Sidhu and the councillor of the area, they all felt that the incident wouldn't have occurred if all precautions were taken: SAD's BS Majithia. Oct 19, Approximately, more than 60 injured people including children have received medical treatment till now. Most people have suffered orthopedic injuries, abrasions, head trauma and eye injuries: Dr Sandeep, Emergency Medical Officer, Civil Hospital.
All services on Jalandhar-Amritsar route remained suspended three hours after the accident. Amritsar parliamentarian Gurjeet Singh Aujla, who is present at Civil Hospital, has said that probe will be conducted into the incident. He said action will be taken against the guilty, even if it is Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
Paramilitary ITBP's jawans are also present at the accident site for rescue and relief operation. These numbers can be used reach for information on the accident -- and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Rs 2 lakhs as compensation for the family of the accident victims. Rs 50, as compensation has also been announced for the injured. Medical teams are rushing to the spot.
I am also leaving for the site of the accident. As per initial information, people present near the railway track couldn't hear the sound of the approaching train due to bursting crackers: Minister of State For Railways Manoj Sinha. All educational institutions will remain closed in Amritsar tomorrow: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh The state will remain in mourning tomorrow in view of Amritsar train mishap.
My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. The incident needs to be probed as it casts serious question on administration," she tweeted. Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers for the Amritsar accident.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has questioned the administration, saying how could permission for the event was given at a place so close to the tracks. Shocked to know of the train accident resulting in deaths of people at Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar. Strength to families who've lost their dear ones. Hope those injured recover soon: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Ravan effigy was being burnt m from the gate. When the effigy fell, people present there ran towards the railway track.
My condolences to those who lost their dear ones: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saddened and distressed by death of innocent people celebrating Dussehra festival in Amritsar. Railways issues helpline numbers: , The injured are being moved to the Civil Hospital in Amritsar. It is an unfortunate accident. We don't have any confirmation on the numbers who have been impacted by the incident. Accident relief train has reached the site.
People who are doing politics over the accident should be ashamed: Navjot Kaur Sidhu. I had just left the site when the incident happened," Navjot Kaur Sidhu who was the chief guest at the event said. She said she is left with no words to express her shock and agony. Pray that the injured persons recover very quickly," she wrote on Twitter.
Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the injured to recover quickly. Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations: Piyush Goyal.
We will do everything possible to assist the injured. Have directed the district administration to leave no stone unturned to ensure the best possible treatment for them: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.