Since the crackers were burning with large sound, people couldn't hear the train sound. "We are still evacuating people".
Pratap Singh Bajwa, a local party leader, has said there are at least 50 casualties. The accident happened at gate no. 27 between Amritsar and Manawala. Have asked all govt & pvt hospitals to stay open to help in this hour of grief. Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Sarkaria has been deputed to immediately reach Amritsar to oversee rescue operations.
ADCP Lakhbir Singh said 15 bodies have been found. He said, "The administration and the Dussehra committee are at fault, they should have raised an alarm when the train was approaching".
A crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.
Reacting to the incident, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said that he had been making attempts to gather all information about the incident, assuring that he would take all necessary action.More news: Trump Surveys Hurricane Michael Damage
He said they didn't see the train, which failed to stop after the accident.
"The tragedy is heart-wrenching", he tweeted. I pray for the injured to recover quickly.
President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed sock at the tragic accident.
Another five were killed in December when they were hit by a train in the same state, with 60 thought to having died on the tracks in the whole of 2017 - and 110 the year before that. "Heartfelt condolences to bereaved families".