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

Thousands of people have gathered at the accident site since morning

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

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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.

First Published: Sat, October 20 2018. 11:45 IST