The Dussehra festivities in India were dampened with tragic news coming from Amritsar, Punjab. More than 50 people were killed when a train rammed into a crowd standing on the tracks, as they were watching the Dussehra festivities. A police cop present at the site told Reuters, “The people were sitting on and near the tracks on the outskirts of Amritsar watching the burning of effigies as part of the Dussehra festival when a commuter train ran over them." Amritsar Train Tragedy: PM Modi Approves Rs 2 Lakh for Families of Deceased.
Condolences are pouring in from all over the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and prominent politicians. Joining them in offering their deepest condolences are many celebs from the film fraternity. Actors like Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, MP Shatrughan Sinha, Farhan Akhtar, Siddharth, Diljit Dosanjh took to Twitter to express their shock over the accident. Amritsar Train Accident: Check List of Trains Cancelled Due to the Fatal Rail Mishap
Check out their tweets below -
A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured. #Amritsar
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) October 19, 2018
Saddened to hear about the loss of life in #Amritsar. Safety in public spaces HAS TO be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 19, 2018
Pained to hear about the Amritsar train tragedy. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families.
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) October 19, 2018
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 19, 2018
Shocked & saddened to hear about the Amritsar train tragedy. It seems so unfair for a horrific accident of this magnitude amidst celebrations of Dussehra. Providence has strange ways of throwing challenges at the humankind.
— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) October 19, 2018
Deeply Hurt and saddened by the terrible train tragedy in Amritsar. Its heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of victims. My prayers with the affected ones for quick recovery.
— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) October 19, 2018
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who is enroute to the site of accident, announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of deceased. Apart from the Punjab CM, Union MoS Railways, Manoj Sinha, has also left from Delhi and is expected to reach the Joda Phatak in Amritsar