Amritsar train mishap: Scores protest on tracks; seek action against driver

Local people gather at the scene of the accident along train tracks in Amritsar. (Photo:PTI)

Scores of people Saturday staged a sit-in on the railway tracks where 61 people were mowed down by a train during a Dussehra event.

The protesters raised slogans against the state government and demanded action against the train driver.

One of the protesters alleged the train passed the area at a high speed and that the driver did not slow down the train despite the presence of a large crowd.

At least 61 people were killed and 72 injured Friday evening after 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.


The train was coming from Jalandhar when the accident occurred at Joda Phatak near Amritsar, where at least 300 people were watching 'Ravana dahan' at a ground adjacent to the tracks.


Thousands of people have gathered at the accident site since morning. Police have made elaborate arrangements to manage the crowd.

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel