Last night, tragedy struck at a Dussehra celebration in Amritsar where at least 58 people lost their lives and 72 injured after a crowd of Dussehra revellers, that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy, was run over by a train. About 300 people had gathered to watch 'Ravana Dahan' at a ground adjacent to the railway tracks at Joda Phatak.
Reportedly, when the effigy was lit and the fireworks went off, a section of the crowd started retreating towards the tracks where a large number of people were already standing to watch the event. Unfortunately, two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity to people to escape. As a result of this, several people were mowed down by one of the trains.
Deeply shocked and sadden by this incident, several Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to condole the tragic loss of lives in this mishap-
"Pained to hear about the Amritsar train tragedy. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families."
"Saddened to hear about the loss of life in #Amritsar. Safety in public spaces HAS TO be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy."
"A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured. #Amritsar."
"This hurts ..... all this. This is 2018... really ...."
"Absolutely shocked at hearing the news of the #trainaccident in #Amritsar. I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. My deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones. Love and prayers."