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Bloody Friday: How the horrific Amritsar train accident that killed 61 take place

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    Amritsar Train Dusshera tragedy : 60 dead in horrific train accident | Oneindia News

    Amritsar, Oct 20: It is a bloody Friday at Amritsar. 61 people were killed after being run over by a train after they had gathered near a railway crossing at Jaura Phatak for the Dussehra celebrations.

    Bloody Friday: How the horrific Amritsar train accident that killed 61 take place

    There has been an outpouring of grief apart from a blame game between the Punjab Government and the Railways as to who is responsible for the incident.

    Amritsar train accident: Clear case of trespassing say Railway officialsAmritsar train accident: Clear case of trespassing say Railway officials

    Eyewitnesses have claimed that due to loud sounds of crackers they were unable to hear anything.

    Here is how the incident unfolded:

    • The effigy of Ravana was set on fire at 6.30 pm
    • There were massive fireworks.
    • To maintain distance from the burning effigy, the crowd went towards the tracks.
    • Due to loud sounds, the people did not notice the closed level crossing.
    • A diesel multiple unit train was heading to Amritsar from Hoshiarpur.
    • The effigy burning was scheduled for 6.15, but was delayed.
    • The delay was due to chief guest, Navjot Kaur Siddhu arriving late.
    • There was no barricading near the railway tracks.
    • No alarm was either raised by authorities or organisers.
    • Last year there was no celebration at this venue as it is in a congested area.
    • The gathering of people close to the tracks near Amritsar was a "clear case of trespassing" and no permission for the event was given by the railways, a senior official said.
    • "We're not kept in the loop and we provided no permission for the event. It is a clear case of trespassing and the local administration should take responsibility," the railway official said.
    • The driver of the train did not stop as he could not see anything due to smoke.
    • He was also negotiating a curve at the time of the incident.

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