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Russian President Putin Express Grief And Condolences Over Horrific Train Accident In Amritsar

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| October 20 , 2018 , 14:28 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday expressed his condolences on the tragic train incident that occurred on Friday killing at least 61 people in Punjab's Amritsar. 

The Russian President while speaking to the media said, "I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in Punjab. I ask to convey my words of sympathy and support to families and friends of killed people and to wish the soonest recovery to those injured."

At least 61 people were reported dead with many injured after a crowd of Dussehra revellers spilled onto the railway track was run over by the 74643 Jalandhar-Amritsar Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train near Joda Phatak area in Punjab’s Amritsar.

Also Read: Horrific Train Accident Kills 61, Many Others Injured In Amritsar's Punjab [WATCH]

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau also tweeted that, "My thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one in the tragic train crash in Amritsar, India. Canadians are keeping you in our hearts tonight and wishing all those injured a full recovery."

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted, "My heart goes to all in Amritsar following Friday’s tragic accident. Earlier this month, I was honoured to visit the Golden Temple and witnessed the warmth and generosity of the people. My deepest condolences to those who have lost family and loved ones."

The accident has attracted a lot of criticism for railways, however, a northern railways spokesperson Deepak Kumar said in a statement that the event was organised in an area which does not belong to the railways.

It also said that neither the area administration nor the organisers informed it about any Dusshera ceremony at the spot.

"Therefore granting permission from the Railway's does not arise," he added. No information about the event was given to the railway authorities by the civil administration."

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