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Amritsar train crash: India searches for blame after crowd mowed down

October 22, 2018 4:05 pm

India is still reeling after 58 people, including children, were killed after an express train ploughed into a crowd of festival-goers last Friday.

The crowd had gathered on railway tracks near the city of Amritsar in northern Punjab state and had no warning the train was headed their way.

Few heard the train because of the sound of fireworks being set off.

Officials have been trading blame but fury is mounting after the police complaint cited “unnamed persons”.

“What had been a celebration turned into a horror show. There were so many bleeding and mutilated bodies,” Manjit Singh, one of the survivors, who just escaped the train’s path, told BBC Punjabi’s Ravinder Singh Robin.

The crowd were watching celebrations for the popular Hindu festival of Dussehra, which involved the burning of a firecracker-filled effigy of demon king Ravana and a fireworks display.

Eyewitnesses described how people searched for their loved ones on and around the railway tracks and in the bushes nearby with the help of light from their mobile phones. One woman caught a baby who was thrown into the air by a man just before he was killed by the train