India is still reeling after 58 people, including children, were killed after an express train ploughed into a crowd of festival-goers last Friday. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks near the city of Amritsar in northern Punjab state and had no warning the train was headed their way. Officials have been trading blame but fury is mounting after the police complaint cited "unnamed persons". The crowd were watching celebrations for the popular Hindu festival of Dussehra, which involved the burning of a firecracker-filled effigy of demon king Ravana and a fireworks display.
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At least 59 people have been killed and dozens more injured by a train running into a crowd near Amritsar in India's northern Punjab state. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for Dusshera, a Hindu festival, when a train hit them at high speed on Friday. It is not clear who, if anyone, had given permission for the event and officials are trading blame. A large crowd had gathered to watch a celebration symbolising the triumph of the Hindu god Rama over the headed demon king Ravana, symbolising the victory of good over evil. At one point, some of the crowd moved on to some railway tracks a short distance away, with some reports citing organisers' safety concerns about the effigy. According to eyewitnesses, many on the tracks had been busy filming the festivities on their phones at the time so did not hear or see the train approaching at high speed.
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At least 61 people were feared dead and 72 injured after they were crushed under the wheels of a speeding train in the holy city of Amritsar late Friday evening during Dasara celebrations. Scores of men, women and children of a migrant settlement adjoining the railway track had gathered to watch the effigy of Ravana being burnt. Many of them got on to the tracks on an embankment to get a better view.
AMRITSAR: Several eye-witnesses have slammed the locomotive driver's statement in the Amritsar train incident that mowed down 61 onlookers and injured over 50 people participating in the Dusshera revelries on Friday evening. Leave alone stopping, the train did not even slow down. It seemed as if the driver wanted to mow us down.