Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has cancelled all engagements in the US and is immediately returning to India
Several bodies still lying on railway tracks
Around 40 to 45 dead bodies have arrived at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital while several are reportedly still lying on railway lines. Amritsar deputy commissioner has asked all hospitals including military hospital to provide free treatment to the injured who are brought in the respective hospitals.
Many children of in age group of 6-10 have also died during the accident. Eyewitnesses say some children died even in stampede caused after the accident.
SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia demands resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu
Former cabinet minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia has demanded dismissal of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. He further sought the registeration of a case against those who allowed organising a Dussehra function along side a busy railway line.
At least 70 people hospitalised in ‘critical condition’
“We have received 70 people in critical condition. We are monitoring the situation closely. Around 10 dead bodies also received at hospital”, Surinder Pal, Medical Superintendent, Government Medical College, Amritsar said
50 confirmed dead
Sub Divisional Magistrate of Amritsar Rajesh Sharma has confirmed that 50 bodies have been found.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal says Railways conducting immediate relief operations
“Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the injured to recover quickly. Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi urges party workers to provide immediate relief
The train accident in Punjab in which over 50 people have died is shocking. I urge the state government & Congress workers to provide immediate relief at the accident site. My condolences to the families of those who have died. I pray that the injured make a speedy recovery.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 19, 2018
Inquiry ordered as to how Dussehra was being celebrated next to railway line, says Amarinder Singh
Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief & rescue in tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar. My govt will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased & free treatment to injured in govt & pvt hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on war footing.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) October 19, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses condolences to families of deceased
Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2018
Eyewitnesses say Cong had organised Dussehra celebrations without permission
#WATCH Eyewitness at #Amritsar accident site says, “Congress had organised Dussehra celebrations here without permission. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife was the chief guest at the celebrations and she continued to give a speech as people were struck down by the train.” pic.twitter.com/rcsxbVxiB9
— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2018
CM Amarinder Singh has directed Home Secretary, Health Secretary and ADGP Law and Order to immediately rush to Amritsar. Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Sarkaria deputed to immediately reach Amritsar to oversee rescue operations. CM to visit Amritsar tomorrow to access the situation.
In a horrific incident on Friday evening, it is expected that over 50 persons are killed after a train ran into dozens of people standing on a railway track in Amritsar, watching the burning of Ravan’s effigy.
The people who were crushed down, could not hear the approaching train due to the exploding crackers. The accident took place at Joda Phatak in Amritsar. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he was “shocked to hear” and stated that “Have asked all govt & pvt hospitals to stay open to help in this hour of grief. District authorities have been directed to take up relief and rescue operations on a war footing.”
Locals stated that Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, was the chief guest at the event and Navjot Kaur Sidhu left the place after the incident took place.
In a press statement, Deepak Kumar, CPRO, Northern Railways, stated that “as Dusshera celebration and Ravan Dahan were taking place, some incident had occurred and people started rushing towards closed gate number 27 while a DMU train number 74943 was passing the closed gate. The incidental information is being collected.”