"I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in Punjab," Russian President Vladimir Putin

New Delhi, Oct 20, News24 Bureau: Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Amritsar Train Accident where the DMU train ran over people who were watching Dussehra celebrations in Choura Bazar yesterday, claims more than 60 lives."I offer my deepest sympathies over tragic consequences of an accident on railways in Punjab. I ask to convey my words of sympathy&support to families & friends of killed people and to wish soonest recovery to those injured," siad Russia President Vladimir Putin on Amritsar Train Accident.This can be called one of the worst train disaters as 58 people, all in a celebrative mood, watching the burning of a Ravan effigy from a railway track were crushed to death by a speeding train here in Punjab on Friday. This has resulted in big anger in the area and nationwide outrage. More than 72 others were injured, many of them seriously. And the counting is still on.Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh is yet to visit the site and the sources say that he will be visiting anytime in the morning.A large number of some 700 people were watching the huge Ravan effigy in flames amid exploding crackers while on the tracks at Joda Phatak near Dhobi Ghat within the city when the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train coming to Amritsar from Hoshiarpur came hurtling down around 7 p.m.It took just about 10-15 seconds for the train to pass -- and leave behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies. Eight trains have been cancelled and 5 trains diverted today between Jalandhar and Amritsar after a train mowed down 61 people near Amritsar on Friday, ANI reports.The incident took place around 6:45 pm at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak railway crossing.A crowd of around 300 people was watching Ravan effigies being burnt when the passenger train hit the people standing on the track, about 200 feet away, said senior police officer Lakhbir Singh.----