60 people dead and 51 injured in a train accident in Punjab

60 people were dead and 51 others were injured after a train crushed to the mob at Joda Phatak in Rasulpur area of Amritsar in Punjab on Oct 19. The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar. Injured shifted to hospital for a treatment. Police team and rescue team rushed on the spot. Train services were disrupted after this mishap. Some trains were diverted, cancelled, short terminated and short originated in Amritsar and Jalandhar.

This mishap took place when people were celebrating Dussehra near Joda Phatak, Jaura Phatak Road, New Golden Avenue, Rasulpur in Amritsar in the evening. They were busy to watching Ravana’s effigy going up in flames. Around 300 people were watching ‘Ravana dahan’ at a ground near the tracks. A large number of people moved towards the railway tracks. At that time a speeding train ran over hundreds of people. People could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding crackers.

After this tragedy, the Punjab government has announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation for the families of the accident victims. The railways had issued helpline numbers. All offices and educational institutions were closed. Due to this mishap, 10 Mail Express trains and 27 passenger trains cancelled, 16 trains diverted, 10 Mail Express trains and 2 passenger trains short terminated and 6 Mail Express trains short originated on Amritsar-Manawala section. All services between Jalandhar and Amritsar (including Pathankot) was cancelled. Many trains were stranded on the railway track.

The analysts at CyberTech Risk Center generated constant alerts on this incident. This helped their clients take alternative travel routes to maintain continuity in business. The analysts closely monitored the situation providing its clients with timely alerts about the same which helped them take business continuity measures and ensure employee safety in time. We at Cybertech’s Risk Center cover Maritime Incident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Public Transportation Disruption, Roadway Closure, Train Accident, Train Derailment under the ‘Transportation’ category at Pan India label.



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