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New Delhi: TV actor Sanjit Bedi, who won million of hearts through his character Dr Omi of TV show “Sanjeevani”, died on Wednesday morning due to a viral condition of the brain, his friend and actor Karanvir Bohra said.

Karanvir, who featured with the deceased in TV series “Kasautii Zindagii Kay”, said Sanjit had been in hospital for the last one-and-half months and was battling with his condition for quite some time.

“He was in the ICU of Bombay Hospital here for the past one-and-half months. He had a brain virus for the last year-and-a-half. He breathed his last this morning and his cremation was performed in the afternoon,” Karanvir told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Sanjit appeared in a slew of shows like “Jaane Kya Baat Hui”, “Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasman” and “Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa”, among others. However, the actor was missing from the scene for quite some time. Sanjit, in his late 30s, is survived by his wife.

Karanvir, who is currently seen in “Qubool Hai”, recalled how they found friendship on the sets of TV show “Kasautii Zindagii Kay”.

“We got to know each other from ‘Kasautii…’ and we came really close. We were in touch since then. The man was full of life,” he said.

Karanvir also feels a void has been created in his life and he will take very long to come to terms with the loss.

“Imagining him to be silent and not being there will be weird,” he said.

Karanvir said, “Sanjit went abroad for some work and after he came back he started practising yoga.”

(IANS)

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People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

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The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

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A man mourns next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people, at a cremation site in Amritsar, India. VOA

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Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.

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Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)