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

Scores of people had lined up to film the celebrations on their phones. Pic @adarshdgp

Image Scores of people had lined up to film the celebrations on their phones. Pic @adarshdgp

More than 50 people are feared dead in a train acccident in Amritsar district of Punjab.

An eyewitness told ANI that a train travelling at a fast speed ran over several people during Dussehra celebrations.

Amritsar train accident LIVE updates: Two hours after the incident, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal reacted on Twitter saying that he was deeply saddened and shocked by the incident.

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The people who were mowed down reportedly could not hear the train coming due to the exploding crackers. Since it was Dussehra, several people of all age groups were present to witness the burning of effigies of Ravana near the railway track when suddenly an EMU arrived on the track.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has asked home secretary, health secretary and additional director general of police (law and order) to rush to Amritsar.

Pratap Singh Bajwa, a local party leader, has said there are at least 50 casualties. They are being taken to nearby hospitals.

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Singh said he was rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue operations.

Following the train mishap, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed officials to take all possible measures to provide immediate assistance.

The chief minister also announced free treatment to all injured in the accident. "My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly", he said in a tweet. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured", Mr. Singh tweeted soon after the incident. They crowded the rail track on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state.

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