‘Raees By Rail’ Promotion: One Dead, Rail Min Orders Probe


Update: Directed DG RPF to probe matter and take stern action against any lapse: Railways Min. Suresh Prabhu on a person who died in Vadodara.

Update: Its unfortunate, my prayers are with the family of the deceased (died during commotion): SRK condoles death at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station.

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Vadodara: One person died and two policemen were injured as crowd went berserk after superstar Shah Rukh Khan arrived at the railway station here on Monday night by August Kranti Rajdhani Express for promotion of his upcoming film “Raees”.

According to the authorities, Farheed Khan Pathan, a local politician, died of cardiac arrest. The deceased was the relative of a journalist, who was travelling in the same train, and came to meet her.The female journalist, along with her mother got down at Ratlam station at around 2:30 AM and left for Vadodara. The film’s team had arranged transportation for the duo.

Minutes after the train left the station, the crowd rushed to the exit, causing chaos and a near-stampede, in which several persons, including Sherani, collapsed.

Officials at the railway police control room here said, “At around 10.30 PM the train arrived at platform number six of the station and halted for ten minutes.

Shah Rukh’s fans had gathered in large number to have a glimpse of the actor who had boarded the train from Mumbai and is going to Delhi as part of the promotional campaign for his film.”

The crowd went out of control when the train halted and some of them started banging window panes. Police had to resort to mild lathicharge to control the situation. Two constables of the Railway police also collapsed .The constables are undergoing treatment at SSG hospital and are said to be out of danger.

“When the train started moving, people started running along with it. Due to the rush, one person died of breathlessness and two policemen who were posted there to control the crowd were injured,” the official added.

Despite the incident, massive crowd turned out at Ratlam and Kota stations. Policemen were deployed to control the fans.

Vadodara railway police filed accidental death FIR in connection with a man’s death.

The 51-year-old actor had boarded the train from Mumbai Central station for Delhi as part of his promotional campaign ‘Raees by Rail’.

Cricketers Irrfan and Yusuf Pathan were also present at the Vadodara station to meet Shah Rukh.