MeraNews Network, Amritsar: The state administration swung into action immediately on Friday evening after a DMU train travelling at a very fast pace mowed down Dussehra revellers near Joda Phatak area in Choura Bazaar, Amritsar. The horrific incident left 61 people dead and 48 injured, as per officials.
The persons injured in the train accident last evening are being treated in various hospitals including Civil hospital, Guru Nanak Hospital, Hartej hospital, Amardeep hospital, IVI hospital, Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital, and Fortis hospital. According to official sources, the mishap occurred when a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching the burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed and free treatment for the injured. Mr. Singh ordered an inquiry into the incident and set up a crisis management group of his Cabinet colleagues. A state mourning has been declared today and all offices and educational institutions are closed.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and several other leaders have expressed grief over the loss of lives. PM Modi announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured. Russian president Vladimir Putin and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed their grief over the death in the unfortunate accident.
He also directed officials to provide immediate assistance. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and top railway officials rushed to the spot. Officials put the death toll at 61. 39 bodies have been identified and the postmortem was done on 29.