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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announces Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the deceased in Amritsar train accident

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Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab has announced Rs five lakh each to the relatives of those who were deceased in the Amritsar train accident on Friday. The amount has been announced by the minister as a compensation to the unbearable loss that took place on the Dussehra Festival. Mr. Singh also revealed that he himself headed towards the spot in order to supervise rescue and relief operations.

As per the recent reports by our sources, more than 50 people have been killed in the incident in which Dussehra revelers watching the burning of Ravana effigy were crushed by a train in Amritsar.

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The Chief Minister has announced free treatment to all injured in the accident, sources added.

“Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue in the tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar. My government will give Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on the war footing,” Singh tweeted.

The train which took the life of more than 50 in the evening at Joda Phatak, was heading towards Amristar from Jalandhar at the time of the incident. Sources say that ‘Ravana dahan’, which was taking place at a ground near the tracks was viewed by more than 300 people that were present at the spot.

Rajesh Sharma, Sub Divisional Magistrate of Amritsar have confirmed that 50 people died in the incident and their bodies have been found while another 50 were injured. The injured have been admitted to a government hospital, he added.

When ‘Ravana Dahan’ was taking place on the ground, a section of the crowd started heading towards the tracks in order to get a better view of the event. They were crossing the tracks in order to reach an elevated level where a large number of people were already standing.

Officials said that at the same time two trains arrived from the opposite direction and one of the trains crushed down the crowd giving little opportunity to people to escape.

 

 

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