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Speeding train mows down 50 during Dushehra celebrations : Punjab

Bloodbath befell Amritsar rail-zone after two trains speeding in opposite directions killed at least 50 people Friday evening amid Dushehra celebrations.

The incident took place at Joda Phatak in Punjab’s Amritsar, late evening today.

There were over 300 people watching Ravana Dahan, – burning of Ravana effigy – at a ground close to the tracks. As flames and fireworks caught up, dozens of people backed off to join watchers standing on the railway tracks.

According to eye witnesses, a high speed train came suddenly mowing down scores of people, including children, leaving the tracks soaked in blood.

The train headed to Amritsar from Jalandhar was running at approx 100 kmph.

It is not immediately clear why the railway crossing was left open, prompting revelers to gather there.

Following the carnage Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, cancelled his scheduled visit to Israel and has ordered an in-depth probe into the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the tragedy.

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