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Amritsar Dussehra Day Tragedy: Death Toll 60, over 58 injured

Saturday October 20, 2018 12:12 PM, News Network

Amritsar Dussehra Day Tragedy

Amritsar: Sixty people, including children, have been confirmed dead and more than 58 were injured, some of them seriously, in Amritsar, Punjab when a train ran over the spectators witnessing a Dussehra day event Friday evening.

MP Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, was the chief guest at the even and the main organiser was a local Congress corportaor.

Confirming the death of 60 people, Chief Medical Officer of Amritsar Civil Hospital Saturday said those injured are given treatment by the medical staff.

"Most people have suffered orthopaedic injuries, abrasions, head trauma, and eye injuries", Dr. Sandeep, Emergency Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital, said.

The accident took place at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak, Amritsar at 6:45 pm Friday. The train was travelling from Jalandhar to Amritsar. The railway crossing gates were closed and the crossing was manned. People stood ther as the tracks were on higher ground and gave a better view of the burning effigy of Ravan.

"Ravan effigy was being burnt 70-80 m from the gate, when the effigy fell, people present there ran towards the railway track, at the time a train was passing and level crossing there was shut," a Northern Railways official said.

The driver of the train, who has been detained by the police, said that he had received a green signal and had no idea that hundreds of people were standing on the track.

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