Local actor Dalbir Singh, who played the role of Ravana at another Ramleela in the city, were among the 60 people who were killed during the horrifying incident held at Joda Phatak area in Amritsar on October 19.
The incident happened when a speeding Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU train ran over the crowd gathered to watch the burning of a Ravana effigy. According to the reports, 300 people were watching ‘Ravana Dahan’ at a ground near the tracks.
According to Times of India report, Dalbir was invited to the event as he was to be felicitated by the Ramleela organising body as he was a regular participant. Reportedly, Dalbir was a kite maker and he was playing Ravana for the last 15 years.
Amritsar Diary: Dalbir Singh who played the role of Ravana in the city’s Ramleela lost his life in #AmritasarTrainTragedy he was trying to save lives because he spotted the train but nobody could hear him because of the crackers @ndtv @ndtvindia pic.twitter.com/cY0DApU2mG
— Saurabh shukla (@Saurabh_Ndtv) October 20, 2018
#Amritsar ..Ravan also died..when the effigy of Ravan was burning, Dalbir Singh, who played Ravan in Ramlila at Jaura Phatak, also crushed under rail. As his role ends in Ramlila, so his life.A kite maker Dalbir was playing Ravan for last 15 years. pic.twitter.com/Nb0kQVajBC
— Vishal Rambani (@vrambani) October 20, 2018
According to media reports, Dalbir saw the train coming and tried saving people from the full-speeding train. During his effort, he dragged around seven to eight people from coming under the train and accidentally his foot got stuck there and the train ran over him.
— GoNews (@GoNews24x7) October 20, 2018
Dalbir is survived by his wife and an eight-month-old baby.
The Ravan was having the heart of Ram.Dalbir Singh who played the Ravan in Ramlila has saved seven to eight people but couldn’t save himself. #PunjabTrainMishap
R.I.P the brave heart pic.twitter.com/SbnvMi1n1K
— Sakti Patnaik (@SaktiPatnaik) October 20, 2018
Meanwhile, Dalbir’s mother has urged the state government to provide a job to his wife.
#Amritsar: Dalbir Singh (pic 1), who played the role of Ravan in a Ramlila in the city during Dussehra celebrations, died in #AmritsarTrainAccident, yesterday. His mother (pic 3) says, "I appeal to the govt to provide a job to my daughter-in law. She also has a 8-month old baby." pic.twitter.com/MFDHVhwf4G
— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2018
The Punjab Police has launched an investigation into the Dussehra tragedy. The role of train driver, railway officials and local authorities, who gave permission for holding of the event close to the railway tracks, is being probed, police officials said.