60 dead in Amritsar train tragedy on Dussehra:
At least 60 people were killed and 72 injured on Friday evening (October 19) after a train ran into a crowd of Dussehra revelers who were watching the burning of Ravan’s effigy in Punjab’s Amritsar.
There was an outpouring of grief from across the country with the Dussehra mood turning sombre as India realised the scale of the tragedy.
The annual Dussehra celebrations were to conclude with the burning of Ravan’s effigy near Joda Phatak in Amritsar. Navjot Kaur Sidhu, former MLA and wife of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was the chief guest.
Joda Phatak is a manned crossing, called so because there are two crossings. The Pathankot railway line and the Jalandhar railway line meet just after Joda Phatak where they are just metres apart. This area lies on the outskirts of the city.
The final death toll will have to await the dawn. But at least 60 bodies have been counted. More than 70 are being treated at different hospitals. Some are critically injured. So the death toll is feared to rise.