Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ train promotion which left a man dead, kicked up a row against the actor but the deceased’s mother has now come out in a support of the superstar, saying “he is not at fault”.
Farid Khan Pathan, a resident of Hatikhana area of Vadodara, was at the railway station with his wife and daughter, when Shah Rukh was present there for the promotional tour for his film “Raees”. Pathan fell unconscious and upon being rushed to a hospital, was declared dead.
Hours after the incident occurred, some sections blamed Shah Rukh for the tragedy. But the deceased’s mother backed the actor saying “his promotional gimmick has nothing to do with her son’s unfortunate demise”.
“We have nothing against Shah Rukh Khan as he is not at fault. He is also like my son, I would like to thank him for making last moment arrangements for our family to be a part of my son’s funeral.
“The incident has nothing to do with SRK’s ‘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,” she said in a statement.
A huge crowd had thronged Vadodara railway station to see Shah Rukh on Monday night as he was travelling to Delhi on August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Mumbai to promote his film. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday ordered a probe into Pathan’s death.