Amritsar train accident: Narendra Modi approves financial relief of Rs 2 lakh for kin of deceased

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday approved a financial relief of Rs 2 lakh for the family of each deceased in the Amritsar train accident and Rs 50,000 for the injured, a spokesperson said.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AP

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AP

More than 50 people were killed and 72 injured on Friday evening after a crowd of Dussehra revellers, who had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of a Ravana effigy, was run over by a train in Amritsar.

The train was coming from Jalandhar. The incident happened at Joda Phatak where at least 300 people were watching 'Ravana dahan' at a ground near the railway tracks.

"Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching," Modi tweeted earlier this evening.

"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," he said.

Railways has issued helpline numbers — 0183-2223171, 0183-2564485 — for information on the incident.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced all possible assistance by the Centre to Punjab as a large number of Dussehra revellers standing across railway tracks were mowed down by a passing train near Amritsar.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh separately announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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Updated Date: Oct 19, 2018 23:26 PM

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