The incident took place in Amritsar, located in Punjab state, during the Hindu festival of Dussehra. During fireworks and loud cheering, those standing on and around the tracks did not hear the oncoming train. Celebrants were burning an effigy when the train barreled through the crowds. „The people were standing on and near the track,” senior local police official Parbhjot Singh told to media-. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted prayers and his condolences and said he “asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required” to the victims of the accident.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said on Twitter his government would be giving 500,000 rupees, or five lakhs, to the families of each person who died in the accident. That would amount to $6,805.50 per family. The state is in mourning. The months of October and November are usually filled with a festive mood for Indians, two major festivals being celebrated during these months: Dussehra and Diwali. Dussehra is an important festival in India that lasts for nine nights and ten days. This festival celebrates good triumphing over evil. Burning efigy of Ramana (the wife of Lord Vishnu) is an important moment during the festival.