New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 20: Here are the four videos which will show you the entire sequence of events as it happened during the deadly train accident in Amritsar; which is perhaps the worst in the history of Indian Railways.
The incident took place around 6:45 pm at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak railway crossing.A crowd of around 300 people was watching Ravan effigies being burnt when the passenger train hit the people standing on the track, about 200 feet away, said senior police officer Lakhbir Singh.
Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani rushed to the spot while the state government announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of those who were killed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the other hand, announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured. He also directed officials to provide immediate assistance.The state government has also declared Saturday a day of mourning in the state. Offices and educational institutions will remain shut. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was scheduled to visit Israel, will fly to Amritsar on Saturday.The Punjab government has announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation for the families of the accident victims. The railways has issued helpline numbers, which are 0183-2223171, 0183-2564485. People who want to donate blood should go to the Amritsar Civil Hospital and Guru Nanak Hospital. The Punjab government has ordered a probe into the accident.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Congress President Rahul Gandhi have expressed their anguish at the accident.