In an accident that is believed to have taken place at around 6.30 pm in Amritsar's Joda Phatak, a speeding train ran over people who were watching Dussehra celebrations.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's government has accepted the Centre's offer of help and eight SDRF and six NDRF. Disaster Response Force Teams are on their way to the accident site. The Chief Minister tweeted,
The Chief Minister of Punjab has set up a crisis Management group to monitor relief and rehabilitation. The CM also announced that the state will remain in mourning tomorrow in view of #Amritsar train mishap and that all offices & educational institutions will remain closed.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a statement on the horrific train accident in Punjab that is feared to have claimed dozens of lives. In a tweet he has asked officials to provide immediate assistance.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted on the matter. In his tweet, he said that he has spoken to Home Secretary of Punjab and DGP of the state regarding the train accident in Amritsar and they are rushing to the spot.