Modi, Kovind & Other Ministers Condoled the loss of lives in the Tragic Amritsar train Accident

PM Modi, President Kovind condole loss of lives in Amtritsar train accident.

On Friday evening a crowd of Dussehra revelers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train in Amritsar in Punjab.

At least 58 people were killed and 72 injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the tragic Amritsar train accident and directed officials to provide immediate assistance.

“Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching,” PM Modi tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted to pay his condolences to the bereaved families.

“Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab,” President Kovind said.

OTHER MINISTERS AND PEOPLE ON TWITTER

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote on Twitter, “My govt will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased & free treatment to injured in govt & pvt hospitals.”

Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal wrote, “Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter, “Centre is ready to provide all possible assistance to the state at this hour of grief.”

National president of the BJP Amit Shah also took to twitter and said, “I pray for early recovery of those injured.”

National spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sambit Patra on Twitter wrote, “Shocked to hear of the news from Amritsar.”

Raksha mantri Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Strength to families who’ve lost their dear ones.”

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley wrote, “My condolences to those who lost their dear ones.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “My condolences to the families of those who have died.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers to help the authorities, “I appeal to all our volunteers in the area to help authorities in the relief work and provide whatever help we can in this moment of crisis.”

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the unfortunate train incident that occurred in #Amritsar.”

AMRITSAR TRAIN TRAGEDY

At least 70 people were killed and 80 injured Friday evening after a crowd of Dussehra revelers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.

The train was going from Jalandhar to Amritsar when the incident occurred at Joda Phatak where at least 300 people were watching ‘Ravana dahan’ at a ground adjacent to the tracks.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Amritsar (I) Rajesh Sharma said 58 people have died and at least 72 injured have been admitted to Amritsar hospital.

However, Raveen Thukral, media advisor to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, put the number of dead at 40, adding the toll could rise.

As the effigy was lit and the fireworks went off, a section of the crowd started retreating towards the tracks where a large number of people were already standing to watch the event, officials said.

However, two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape, they said.

Several people were mowed down by one of the trains, they said.

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