Vadodara station mishap: I have nothing against Shahrukh, deceased’s mother

Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ promotional tour turned to be a massive disaster when a resident of Vadodara died due to suffocation at the railway station. Farid Khan Pathan, a resident of Hatikhana area of Vadodara, was at the railway station with his wife and daughter, when the superstar was present at the station for the promotional tour for his film ‘Raees’. Pathan who was a heart patient collapsed due to commotion. He was declared dead on reaching hospital.

On Tuesday, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a probe into Pathan's death but the family members did not hold SRK responsible for the death.

Journalist Samina Shaikh, niece of the deceased, was travelling with the ‘Raees’ team at the time. Samina said on behalf of ‘Raees’ team, “It’s unfortunate that my uncle lost his life due to suffocation in the crowd as he was a heart patient.”

“However, Shah Rukh Khan and his team made sure that my mother and I reach safely to my uncle’s funeral. We got down at Ratlam and Shah Rukh’s team arranged a car for us to Vadodara to attend my uncle’s burial.”

While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Manoj Tiwari slammed Shahrukh Khan and urged the actor to compensate the loss. However, the deceased’s mother said in the statement, “We have nothing against Shah Rukh Khan as he is not at fault.”

“He is also like my son… The incident has nothing to do with the ‘Raees’ promotional event. My son fell prey to the crowd and succumbed to death due to suffocation. All we want is prayers from everyone for my son.”

A crowd of 1.5 lakh people had thronged Vadodara railway station to get a glimpse of King Khan, who took the August Kranti Express from Mumbai to Delhi via Gujarat to promote 'Raees'.