A religious celebration ended in tragedy in India, as a passenger train plowed through a crowd who had gathered for a Hindu effigy-burning ceremony in Amritsar, near the Pakistani border, killing at least 50 people.
As smoke obscured vision, and the loud bangs of firecrackers masked its approach, the train barrelled through the crowded religious rally, held alongside a railway track on Friday evening. Magistrate of Amritsar Rajesh Sharma has confirmed that 50 bodies have been found, with more feared dead.
The crowd had gathered to burn an effigy of Hindu demon-king Ravana, the culmination of the yearly festival of Dussehra. The effigy-burning had drawn as many as 700 spectators, crowded together alongside the railway line.