New Delhi:The festive season ended in tragedy for people of Joda Phatak area of Punjab when 50 people, some of them children, were run over by a train around 6:30pm on Friday.

Several people were injured in the accident near Amritsar and have been taken to hospital. The toll is expected to rise as some of those injured are in a critical condition.

At least 300 people were watching the burning of the effigy of Ravan, when some of them started moving towards the tracks, according to reports. The revellers may not have heard the approaching train because of the noise of the crackers, said local government officials.

“More than 50 casualties have already been identified and right now we are busy evacuating injured to the hospitals. As it is night there are some difficulties in evacuation operations," said a senior Punjab police official on condition of anonymity.

“As Dussehra celebration was taking place some incident had occurred and people started rushing towards closed gate number 27 while a DMU train number 74943 was passing the closed gate (between Amritsar and Manawala," a northern Railway spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The train was going from Jalandhar to Amritsar.

Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh rushed to the site and announced a compensation of 5 lakh for those killed and free medical treatment for the injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the tragedy.

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