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Of broken bangles and burnt bogies
February 19, 2007 12:03 IST
Last Updated: February 19, 2007 12:13 IST
Charred bodies and mangled metal of the two burnt coaches of the Delhi-Attari special express, ferrying passengers to Pakistan, bore mute testimony of the ghastly tragedy that left at least 66 dead and several injured.
Onlookers at the site said that villagers and the entire Panchayat rushed to the spot carrying buckets of water to douse the blaze. Fire brigade personnel and medical relief reached the spot after an hour, they said.
Passengers gave two different versions -- one about blast followed by fire and the other that there was only fire, which spread fast. An eyewitness said that a seven-year-old boy was pulled out of the burning bogie.
The Indo-Pak special train, which symbolises peace and friendship between the two countries, was started on July 22, 1976 following the Shimla Agreement and operated between Amritsar-Lahore, a distance of about 42 km.