Anil Kapoor may have invoked many a wolf-whistle as he jos tled for space with common ers while hanging out from the footboard of a packed local (Mirror, July 14). But the act, for a promotional shoot of his upcoming TV show, has landed the 59-year-old actor in a bit of a pickle. Kapoor who boarded a Borivali bound slow local from Churchgate’s platform number one at 12.24 pm on Thursday is seen hanging out of the train with fellow commuters in pictures and videos that soon started making the rounds on the social media. Taking note of the incident, Western Railway Publicity Department has sent a notice to Market Men Consumer and Events PVT LTD, the company behind the promo shoot, seeking explanation for the incident as it flouts the safety terms and conditions during shoots.”The agency failed to ensure that Anil Kapoor observed safety measures while performing stunts. They have accordingly been issued a warning notice,” Anand Vijay Jha, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Western Railway, Mumbai Central Division, informed Mirror, while Shailesh Goel, former member of Indian Railway Users Consultative Council contented, “A star performing stunts in a local train will send a wrong message to the young generation. It should not be allowed; commuters are already facing problems because of youngsters attempting stunts.”
Thirteen people have died and 89 injured after dashing into poles while travelling on footboards while 17 died and 18 injured while travelling on rooftop of locals in 2015.
Meanwhile, youngsters performing daredevil stunts have ended up killed or permanently maimed, following which railway authorities have regularly campaigned for safety and security during train commutes.According to Anand Vijay Jha, Western Railway officials also appealed to Kapoor to become their brand ambassador and discourage commuters from travelling on footboards and performing stunts.
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