Amritsar train tragedy: Death toll mounts to 60

Updated:1 month ago IST

Amritsar (Punjab), Oct 20 (ANI): Amritsar Chief Medical Officer or Civil Surgeon Hardeep Singh informed that at least 60 people have been died while 51 others have sustained injuries in the train mishap which took place on Friday night. The unfortunate incident took place after a train ran into people watching Dussehra celebrations near a train track in Amritsar's Choura Bazar on Friday. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh immediately ordered a probe into the incident and directed senior officials to rush to the accident spot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh for the families of those killed in Amritsar train tragedy. He has also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the injured. In the wake of the mishap, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Northern Railways said 13 trains have been shortly terminated, five have been short originated, six have been cancelled and two have been diverted.

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