Vadodara stampede: Railway Police seeks to book Shah Rukh Khan

In its investigation report into the stampede at Vadodara railway station during the promotion of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’, the Government Railway Police (GRP) sought to book the actor for causing death due to negligence and other sections of Indian Penal Code and Railway Act. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Western Railway) Tarun Barot submitted the report to the judicial magistrate court on Thursday.

On January 23, ‘Raees’ team, including actor-producer Shah Rukh, director Rahul Dolakia and co-producer Riteish Sidhwani among others travelled by special August Kranti Express from Mumbai to Delhi to promote the movie. When the train halted at Vadodara station, a huge crowd had gathered to get a glimpse of the actor, leading to the death of one Farid Khan Pathan, while two constables fainted, besides other damages.

The report held Shah Rukh and owners of Excel Entertainment Pvt Ltd responsible as the actor came at the bogie’s gate and threw T-shirts and balls at fans, which resulted in the stampede-like situation.

"If Shah Rukh Khan would not have thrown anything towards the crowd, chaos would not have happened. Thus, it would be right if a complaint under sections 304(A), 304 part-2, 279, 336, 337 and 338 of IPC and sections 145, 152, 175 and 179 of the Railway Act is registered against him and owners of Excel Entertainment Private Limited," the report suggested.

Police said that the Western Railway public relations officer (PRO) in Mumbai had granted permission to ‘Raees’ team to shoot or conduct promotional activities inside the train, but had also asked them to refrain from any activity inside or outside the train that could create problem for passengers and public, or create law and order problem.  

"However, Khan and his team members ignored the rules and directions and acted on their own, leading to violation of rules of railway," the report stated. Police also checked the footages of CCTV provided by railway police force and videos provided by local channels in which Khan is seen throwing balls and T-shirts at the crowd, the report added.