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Socking rail tragedy near Amritsar on Dussehra leaves least 61 dead, leaders express grief
In shocking rail tragedy, 61 people watching Dussehra celebrations while standing on railway track were mowed down and crushed by a train near Amritsar in Punjab on Friday. The roll is going to rise as many injured are in critical condition. The Amritsar bound train was coming from Jalandhar.

Punjab government has announced state mourning and ordered that all its offices and educational institutions to remain closed on Saturday in wake of the tragedy.

It is being said that the Congress party had organised Dussehra celebrations and Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife was the chief guest at the celebrations.

The leaders took to their Twitter handles to express shock, grief and condolences. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, "Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab. Understand Indian Railways and local authorities are taking steps to help affected people. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved families." 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required."

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "Pained beyond words at the loss of precious lives due to a train tragedy during Dussehra festivities in Punjab. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured."

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted, "There are not enough words to mourn the Amritsar train tragedy that claims so many innocent lives. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. The incident needs to be probed as it casts serious question on administration."

"Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief & rescue in tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar. My govt will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased & free treatment to injured in govt & pvt hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on war footing," Punjab chief minister Capt.Amarinder Singh wrote on Twitter.

Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal tweeted, "Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the injured to recover quick ly. Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations."

"Extremely sad news coming about a major train accident near Amritsar I appeal to all our volunteers in the area to help authorities in the relief work and provide whatever help we can in this moment of crisis," tweeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote on twitter,"Absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic train accident in Amritsar. May God grant strength to those who lost a loved one & speedy recovery to the injured."

"Very very sad to learn about the unfortunate rail incident in Amritsar during Dussehra festivities. My heart goes out to the family members of the victims. Pray that the injured persons recover very quickly," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Twitter.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "The train accident in Punjab in which over 50 people have died is shocking. I urge the state government & Congress workers to provide immediate relief at the accident site. My condolences to the families of those who have died. I pray that the injured make a speedy recovery."

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