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Post Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

NEW DELHI: Eyewitnesses of the tragic accident that left at least 50 people dead in Punjab recounted the horror as a train ploughed through people watching Dussehra celebrations near Amritsar on Friday.

The people were in shock and disbelief as they recalled the incident. "The driver didn't blow the horn," alleged one of the
witnesses.

Another women was inconsolable as she said her son has been killed in the accident.

"The administration and the Dussehra committee are at fault, they should have raised an alarm when the train was approaching,
they should have made sure that the train halts or slows down," said another eyewitness.

On the other hand, another eyewitness at the Amritsar accident site alleged that the event was organised by the Congress party without seeking due clearances.

"Congress had organised Dussehra celebrations here without permission. Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife was the chief guest at the celebrations and she continued to give a speech as people were struck down by the train," the eyewitness was quoted saying by the news agency ANI.

An eyewitness said the train didn't even whistle as it sped past the site. "Why did authorities allow the fireworks display so close to the railroad track," he asked.

As the effigy was lit and the fireworks went off, a section of the crowd started retreating towards the tracks where a large number of people were already standing to watch the event, officials said.

However, two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape, they said.

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The hell has happened
So much painful incident

Sad indeed. I am checking the news, looks like people were standing on the train tracks. unless the news is incorrect.
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Re: Amritsar Tragedy: No value of life in India

The profundity of the level of stupidity in this accident is amazing. How can a train run into a bunch of people... unless... unless... well, I am with Darwin on this one.
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The profundity of the level of stupidity in this accident is amazing. How can a train run into a bunch of people... unless... unless... well, I am with Darwin on this one.
its the other way round from what I gather. People were standing on the tracks watching Ravan burn; train didnt move out of tracks.
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its the other way round from what I gather. People were standing on the tracks watching Ravan burn; train didnt move out of tracks.
That was exactly my point. This probably can win this year's Darwin awards
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Why should the taxpayers pay 5 lac to the next of kin? Bahut na insaafi hai. 50 people who did not value their life chose to celebrate on an active railway track -- nobody's fault but theirs.
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Re: Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

I have edited the original post as its in the Breaking news section and we need to follow our front page headline format.

Also, I have copy pasted the times of india news story with a link provided at the end.

Now on to the topic
1) Why organize an event so close to a train track?
2) Why did people move towards the train track? (Unless there was no other place to go to)
3) Why should people get paid for stupidity? I can sympathize and understand their grief, but seriously, who thinks of standing on train tracks.
4) Why did the train driver not blow the horns or slow down?
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Re: Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

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I have edited the original post as its in the Breaking news section and we need to follow our front page headline format.

Also, I have copy pasted the times of india news story with a link provided at the end.

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1) Why organize an event so close to a train track? Why not? people can go sandas on tracks, why not nearby maidan for event?
2) Why did people move towards the train track? (Unless there was no other place to go to) Tracks are elevated normally than ground. So better view, I guess.
3) Why should people get paid for stupidity? I can sympathize and understand their grief, but seriously, who thinks of standing on train tracks. India hai. Kuchh bhi ho jaaye, govt has to pay.
4) Why did the train driver not blow the horns or slow down? Read in the news, Driver did, but due to the noise of fireworks peple didn't hear it.
Sad incident. Ab lagne waali hai Sidhu ki biwi ki. She was a chief guest. And the event was organized without permits. Even she ran away as soon as this happened.
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Re: Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

Got the video on whatsapp.. searched and found it on youtube.

We are so lax about security in India, this place wasn't even well lit, almost pitch dark.. How unfortunate was the timing of the train.. you can hear the crackers going on full speed, so the sound of the train may have been drowned ..

If somebody says let's not stand on or near the train tracks.. people will call him fattu

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Re: Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

Not sure these 2 things being reported are correct -

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A Northern Railways official said the effigy was being burnt less than 100 metres from the railway tracks. "Ravan effigy was being burnt 70-80 m from the gate, when the effigy fell, people present there ran towards the railway track, at the time a train was passing and level crossing there was shut," the official said.
How could she have left? Clearly Ravan is burning when the train comes.. so she was there..

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Navjot Kaur Sidhu said she got to know about the incident after reaching home. "I went back home after burning the Ravan and then I got to know that there was chaos and a train came at full speed. I called the commissioner and I asked him whether I should come back, he said no there's too much chaos here," she told ANI from the hospital where the injured are being treated.
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Re: Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

Was some time to 12 o clock, but sardar ji thinks Hindu festival is to blame
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Re: Amritsar tragedy - train ploughs into crowd gathered for Dassera celebration.

read the whole thread.. presents facts in a succinct manner.

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