A SPEEDING train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in India yesterday, killing at least 50 people.

Pratap Singh Bajwa, a Congress Party leader, said the victims crowded the rail track on Friday on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state.

He said they did not see the train, which failed to stop after the accident.

Hundreds of people were busy watching the burning of an effigy of demon Ravana during the Hindu festival of Dussehra when the train struck, he said.

Following the accident, a large number of villagers rushed to the site and condemned railway authorities for not taking precautions in view of the festival.

While accidents are relatively common on India's sprawling rail network, Friday's was among India's deadliest in recent years.

In 2016, 146 people were killed when a train slid off railway tracks in eastern India.