Indian cricket fraternity condoles the victims of Amritsar train accident

More than 50 people celebrating Dussehra were mowed down by two trains in Amritsar.

More than 50 people celebrating Dussehra were mowed down by two trains in Amritsar | HT Photo

Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar turned sour as approximately 59 people were mowed down by two fast trains at a railway crossing. The victims had gathered to witness the Ravan effigy being burnt at a Dussehra celebration.

At least 300 spectators were present at the Dhobi Ghat ground, barely 2 km from the Amritsar station. As the effigy burned and crackers started going off, many people took evasive action and stood on the tracks close to the Jaura Phatak crossing to get a better view and make videos of the event. At the same time, 74643 Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU, ran them over. The second train, the 13006 Amritsar-Howrah Express, crossed the scene and mowed down the people who had moved to the other track to save themselves from the first train.

The state government announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of those who were killed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the other hand, announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

The Indian cricket fraternity was shocked to know about the incident and took to Twitter to share the pain of others and pray for the souls departed for the heavenly abode.

Here are some tweets:


By Jatin Sharma - 20 Oct, 2018

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