The incident bears a striking similarity to a 2012 train accident in Kerala where the Trivandrum-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express struck down people who were standing on the tracks to watch fireworks, killing three and injuring one person. It was an EMU train, running between Jalandhar and Amritsar.
The train reportedly did not stop following the accident, which also saw a number of people taken to hospital.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is on his way to Amritsar. A state government official has said that at least 50 were killed and more than 50 were injured.
Speaking from the local hospital, she said she immediately rushed to make arrangements for those injured.
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It was not clear why the train did not halt despite the presence of so many people on the tracks and why the railway crossing was left open for people to gather. He said he has directed the district administration to leave no stone unturned to ensure the best possible treatment for them.
Google Maps image locates Joda Phatak, near Amritsar in Punjab. "Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar", he said on Twitter. "The tragedy is heart-wrenching", Modi tweeted. Minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted that all support from the central government would be given in this hour of grief. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones&I pray that the injured recover quickly. "Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required", he said. They crowded the rail track on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state.
#WATCH Eyewitness at #Amritsar accident site says, "Congress had organised Dussehra celebrations here without permission. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured". "They are rushing to the spot".