In a bizarre incident, a Kashmiri man seeking adventure, lay down on a railway track while a speeding train passed over him. The video of this death-defying stunt was published on social media and has gone viral on various platforms. The undated video, which emerged on social media late last evening, shows the phiran-clad (a traditional Kashmiri cloak) man lying face down in the middle of the track as the train passed over him. Yes, he actually survived! His celebratory shout-out after the stunt was also recorded by his friend.
However, contrary to what the man would have expected, this move didn’t earn him any applause. In fact, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also called out the “stupidity” of the act while other Twitter users demanded a strict action to prevent it from becoming a trend. “There is something drastically wrong with this sort of adventure seeking. I can’t believe the stupidity of these young men,” Omar wrote on Twitter. He also shared the video.
Here is the viral video:
There is something drastically wrong with this sort of adventure seeking. I can’t believe the stupidity of these young men. pic.twitter.com/83lLWanozR
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 23, 2018
Train accidents in India have always been a huge problem for the Railway Ministry and many state governments have, time to time, expressed concern and urged people to avoid such stunts which could claim lives.
In 2015, the then Railways minister Suresh Prabhu had ordered the Central Railway (CR) and WR to set up committees to find out reasons behind accidental deaths. In the following year, the Western Railway had slapped a notice on Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor for leaning out of a running local train during a promotional event.
Similar incidents have come to light even after that. In 2017, two teenagers had lost their lives after being killed by a speeding train while they were doing stunts and posing for selfies near a railway track behind Akshardham Temple in Delhi.