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‘Ravana’ killed in Punjab train accident

A crowd gathers at the site of Friday’s train accident in Amritsar on October 20, 2018.

A crowd gathers at the site of Friday’s train accident in Amritsar on October 20, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

Dalbir Singh’s mother said her son was playing different characters in the Ram Leela for the past many years.

At Jora Phatak’s Ram Leela in Amritsar, Dalbir Singh had been playing the character of Ravana for many years. Friday’s performance turned out to be his last. He was among those who were killed in the train accident.

After finishing his performance, Dalbir, who was in his twenties, had headed towards the railway track adjacent to the ground, where Dasara celebrations were about to culminate in the burning of Ravana’s effigy.

A friend of Dalbir said that on seeing a speeding train approaching the area, he had rushed forward to save them.

“Dalbir was able to push seven to eight people away from the rail track...but there was something else in store for him as the train ran over him, killing him on the spot,” he said.

Dalbir is survived by his wife and an eight-month-old daughter. His mother said said that his body would not be cremated until the family gets compensation from the government. “We want justice...it is unfortunate that none from the government or any politician has visited the family,” she said. His wife’s mother has demanded a government job for the widow.

(With PTI inputs)

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