In a horrifying incident, over 60 people were crushed to death by a train while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy in Amritsar on October 19. The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar when the incident occurred at Joda Phatak where at least 300 people were watching ‘Ravana Dahan’ at a ground near the tracks.
People standing on the tracks did not realise that the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train, coming to Amritsar from Hoshiarpur, was approaching fast due to the noise of the firecrackers during the burning effigy.
— Nithiyanandam (@Nithiya28993646) October 20, 2018
The incident also left 72 people injured, some of them in critical condition. They were rushed to government hospitals in the area for treatment.
— Neeraj Rohilla (@othecounselor) October 19, 2018
Following the incident, many celebrities like Gippy Grewal, singer Miss Pooja, rapper Badhshah, music composer Vishal Dadlani and Swara Bhasker among others express shock over the incident. They took to their respective twitter handles to express their shock. Here is what they tweeted:
Swara Bhaskar: Thoughts and prayers for the victims of the tragedy in #Amritsar and for their families.. this is SO tragic!!!! Devastating news on a festive day. ???????? #AmritsarTrainAccident Strength to and prayers for all the affected!
Vishal Dadlani: Can’t believe what I just saw. Tears in my eyes as I type this! Thinking of the pain of the families of the deceased and the injured. May all those responsible pay the highest possible price for allowing this to happen. 🙁 #AmritsarTrainAccident #DussehraTragedy
Amritsar Train Accident: Here's How Actor Roshan Prince Reacts To Tragic Incident@roshanprince #RoshanPrince #AmritsarTrainAccident #AmritsarTrainTragedy #Amritsar https://t.co/Xa3dvZnyYA pic.twitter.com/ZF4od25xi2
— PTC Punjabi (@PTC_Network) October 20, 2018
Sukshinder Shinda: Shocked! about the tragic train accident in Amritsar. May god give strength to family members of those who lost their lives. Waheguru mehar kare ? #Amritsar #amritsartrainaccident
— Sukshinder Shinda (@SukshnderShinda) October 19, 2018
Alia Bhatt: The #AmritsarTrainAccident is heartbreaking! Terrible terrible thing to have happened..This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety.. Prayers for all those suffering
The #AmritsarTrainAccident is heartbreaking! Terrible terrible thing to have happened..This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety.. Prayers for all those suffering
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 20, 2018
Badshah: Shocked and hurt by the unfortunate Amritsar Train Tragedy. My prayers go out to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones in this tragedy & swift recovery for the injured.
Shocked and hurt by the unfortunate Amritsar Train Tragedy. My prayers go out to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones in this tragedy & swift recovery for the injured.
— O.N.E. 17.8.18 (@Its_Badshah) October 20, 2018
Gippy Grewal: Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly….? Waheguru ji Mehar kario
Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly….
Waheguru ji Mehar kario…
— Gippy Grewal (@igippygrewal) October 19, 2018
Manoj Tiwary: Deeply saddened by the tragic #AmritsarTrainAccident. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
The Punjab Police has launched an investigation into the Dusshera 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.
— Pawan K Pareek (@kabeerisgodd) October 20, 2018
Navjot Kaur Sidhu was the chief guest at the Dusshera festival function where the tragedy took place.