Approx 70 people were killed and 82 injured after a speeding train mowed down Dussehra revellers near Amritsar on Friday, 19 October, reported.
The incident took place at Joda Fatak level crossing where Dussehra celebrations were underway.
Initial reports suggest Dussera revellers were watching the burning of a Ravan close to the track.
The crowd had spilt on to the rail line when the local train came and crushed a number of them in Amritsar.
Rescue operations have been launched and efforts are underway to save people from the debris. The accident happened at gate no. 27 between Amritsar and Manawala.
These numbers can be used reach for information on the incident 01832223171 and 01832564485. Telephone numbers at Manawala station are 0183-2440024, 0183-2402927 and Ferozpur’s helpline number is 01632-1072.
MoS Manoj Sinha, Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani, GM/NR Vishwesh Chaubey will take off from Delhi by an Air Force plane at 11pm.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who is in the US, is cancelling all his engagements there to rush back.
He tweeted, “Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations.”
Railway officials termed the dead as “trespassers” and said there was no decision so far on any compensation from the national transporter as they were not passengers.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of each deceased and free treatment for the injured. The death toll, according to local officials could reach 100.
The accident comes days after five people died and around 35 injured after five coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh on October 12.>