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‘Raees’ by rail: One dead, 2 injured; Railway Minister orders probe

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One person died and two police man sustained injuries on the crowded Vadodara railway platform, when Shah Rukh Khan arrived on board the August Kranti Express on Monday to promote his upcoming film Raees.

While the actor did not step down from the train, choose to wave at the crowds and urged them to watch the film on a loudspeaker.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday took to Twitter to say he has directed Director General of Railway Protection Force to investigate the matter and take stern action against any lapse even as Khan described as “really unfortunate” the death of the 45-year-old man identified as Farid Khan Pathan, a local politician from Vadodara.

The Gujarat Railway Police ordered an inquiry into the chaos and subsequent death of the man after an estimated 15,000-strong crowd went berserk in the rush to have a look at the 51-year-old superstar when the Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express train made its scheduled halt in Vadodara at 10.30 PM last night.

The inquiry was ordered by Western Railway Superintendent of Police (SP), Vadodara Division, Sharad Singhal, who confirmed the death of Pathan during the chaos.

The deceased was a relative of one of the journalists travelling with SRK, and had apparently come to meet her.

SRK had boarded the train from Mumbai Central for Delhi as part of his promotional campaign Raees by Rail.

Among others, cricketers Irrfan and Yusuf Pathan, who reside in Vadodara, were also at the station to meet Khan, Singhal said.

“On behalf of everyone, our prayers and blessings are with the whole family. She has reached there. I just spoke to her…We have some of our people with the family members there,” Shah Rukh told reporters at Delhis Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station.