Since the crackers were burning with large sound, people couldn't hear the train sound.
"The people were sitting on and near the tracks on the outskirts of Amritsar watching the burning of effigies as part of the Dussehra festival when a commuter train ran over them", a police officer told Reuters. The people had gathered near the railway tracks when an Amritsar-bound train mowed them down.
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi tweeted: "Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar".
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But as he left Washington to travel to the rally Thursday, Trump warned of "very severe" consequences for the apparent killing . Mr Trump said: "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy".
The preliminary report suggests the incident took place following a stampede during Dussehra celebrations, Northern Railways PRO told CNN News18. "Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife was the chief guest at the celebrations and she continued to give a speech as people were struck down by the train".
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, while expressing his shock in a tweet, said that all government and private hospitals had been instructed to stay open to help the injured.
Piyush Goyal, the country's railways minister, said "immediate relief and rescue operations" were underway.
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The shrine will remain open for the 5-day monthly pooja during the Malayalam month of Thulam before being closed on 22 October. It appears that she has chose to terminate the climb at Marakkoottom following vehement protests from Sangh Parivar activists.
'My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly'. "We are evacuating people, injured taken to the hospital", ANI quoted a Punjab Police official as saying.
Many people have been feared killed in a train accident in Amritsar, Punjab. Severed bodies, including of many children, were still lying on the accident site hours after the incident with angry people not allowing authorities to remove them. The Minister of State for Railways is Manoj Sinha is rushing to the accident spot.
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India had contracted to import about 25 MT of crude oil from Iran in 2018-19, up from 22.6 MT imported in 2017-18. The global benchmark is trading almost $7 below a four-year high of $86.74 reached on October 3.