On Saturday, October 20, The Russian embassy said that Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to the President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a train accident near Amritsar on the eve of Dusserah.
According to the Russian embassy, “I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in the Punjab state. I ask to convey my words of sympathy and support to families and friends of the killed people and to wish the soonest recovery to those injured”.
#Russian President Vladimir #Putin has offered condolences to @rashtrapatibhvn Ram Nath #Kovind and Prime Minister @narendramodi over the accident on rail tracks in India’s northern Punjab state which claimed the lives of more than 50 peoplehttps://t.co/VhN5ED7CDs pic.twitter.com/V7DkxvfKQY
— Russia in India (@RusEmbIndia) October 20, 2018
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also offered condolences to the families of victims. He wrote on twitter, “My heart goes to all in Amritsar following Friday’s tragic accident. Earlier this month, I was honored 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
At least 61 people killed and 72 people injured in a train accident at Joda phatak, when a train ran over the crowd gathered to watch burning of Ravan on Dusserah near the railway track.
After the accident Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said in a statement that Railway was not informed about the Railway was not informed and no permission sought to organize such an event near the railway track.
Lohani said, “At midsections, trains run at their assigned speed and people are not expected to be on the tracks. At midsections, there is no railway staff posted. We have staff at level crossings whose job is to regulate traffic. There was no information and no permission sought from us. The event took place at a place adjoining the railway land in private property”.