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More than 50 deaths in India train disaster: police

More than 50 people were killed Friday after a cruise ship ran across revelers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern…

More than 50 people were killed Friday after a cruise ship ran across revelers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, with eyewitnesses saying they did not receive any warning before the disaster struck.

A crowd had gathered on railroad tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks marking the Dussehra festival as the train barreled down the line at speed.

“There are more than 50 deaths. Now it is important to take the injured to the hospital.” Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters.

More than 60 injured people received emergency treatment at various hospitals throughout the city.

“There was a lot of noise when fire extinguishers were released that they could not hear the nearest train,” another police officer told AFP on terms of anonymity.

An eyewitness told a local TV channel that there was “complete uprising” when the crowds did not take the train “very quickly” towards them.

“Everybody drove heroes-skells and suddenly crashed the train in the crowd,” he said.

Another eyewitness said people took pictures on their cell phones and “they did not get a warning that they would not be on track.”

TV recordings showed that crowds gathered around the place where a demons of Ravana sat up and exploded in a big fireball.

Many who had climbed the rooftop for a glimpse of the action clap and cheated when the fireworks exploded.

But the festive scenes soon became tragic.

“I’ve lost my child, I want him back,” said an inadequate mother

Some relatives of the deceased blamed authorities to allow a “big feature” to be held next to the railroad track.

An AFP photographer on the scene said that some victims had lost limbs in the accident while the second head wounded.

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Punjab’s Prime Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an accident investigation and announced a $ 500,000 rupiah (6800 USD) monetary compensation each to the victims family

We have asked all hospitals to remain open at night so that the injured can be treated ” , said Singh to reporters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the “heartbreaking tragedy” and asked officials to immediately provide help to the injured.

India’s rail network is the world’s fourth largest and remains the main form of travel in the great country, but it is poorly financed and fatal accidents occur frequently.

The country is home to hundreds of railroad junctions that are unmanned and especially unfortunate, with people who often ignore future train warnings.

A report from 2012 describes the loss of 15,000 passengers on railway accidents every year in India as a mass sacre “.

Premier Modi has promised $ 137 billion over five years to modernize the crumbling network.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Friday that he canceled his trip to the United States and returned to India immediately. give strength to the deprived and injured, “Goyal Tweeted.”

“Railways provide all possible help on the spot.”

Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant creatures in a feature that symbolizes the triumph of good-bye.

Disasters at religious festivals are not uncommon in India with police and volunteers often overwhelmed by the masses of the masses.

In 2016, 24 people were killed after a stamped broke out in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.

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