A speeding train has killed at least 58 people and injured dozens more after mowing down a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India. A train at full speed tore through revellers who had been pushed back about 100 feet from the periphery of a burning effigy of Ravan.
The moment was captured on many people's camera phones as they were filming the fireworks as the train sped passed in front of them.
Another witness said the victims didn't realize that a train was coming because the fireworks were too loud. As another train arrived from the opposite direction at the same time, people on the track had little opportunity to escape.There were about 500 people at the spot when the accident occurred.
Wails and cries of people filled the air as friends and relatives frantically looked for their near and dear ones. Severed bodies, including that of many children, were still lying on the accident site hours after the incident with angry people not allowing the authorities to remove them.
It all happened in a flash and dismembered body parts lay strewn on the blood-soaked ground.
Another Akali Dal leader Bikram Majithia said demand Navjot Kaur Sidhu's resignation, who went there as a chief guest.
According to local news agencies, another 50 people were rushed to various hospitals for treatment. "The tragedy is heart-wrenching", Mr. Modi tweeted.
A large number of people live in the area with homes on both sides of the railroad track, she said.
Hospital staff move a stretcher with an injured man after a commuter train struck a crowd seated on tracks in Amritsar, India, October 19, 2018.
Singh tweeted that about $6,800 will be given to the families of the dead and that the injured will receive free medical care.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the accident.
"Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue in tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar". I pray for the injured to recover quickly.
The victims crowded the rail track on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state. "Understand Indian Railways and local authorities are taking steps to help affected people", Mr. Kovind said.
Eyewitnesses said the Amritsar-Howrah train had crossed the spot minutes earlier.
Several feared dead on Friday in a train mishap in Choura Bazar near Amritsar.