On Sunday, former India opener Virender Sehwag showed extraordinary kindness to the young victims of the horrific Friday train disaster in Odisha. Three trains—the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah super-fast, and a cargo train—were involved in the pile-up, resulting in 275 fatalities and 1,175 injuries. One of the worst train catastrophes in Indian history, according to reports.
Sehwag posted a snapshot of the accident scene on his official Twitter account and captioned, “This image will haunt us for a long time. In this hour of grief, the least I can do is to take care of the education of children of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident. I offer such children free education at Sehwag International School’s boarding facility.”
Virender Sehwag also praised the rescue efforts performed in the wake of the disaster
On Friday, the Coromandel Express collided with a stopped goods train, flipping many of its coaches onto the Bengaluru-Howrah superfast express that was also travelling by at the time. The three-train disaster may have been caused by human error, signal failure, or other factors, according to investigators.
Meanwhile, Twitter users praised Sehwag for his exceptional action during a time of need. Sehwag also thanked and praised the rescue efforts performed in the wake of the disaster in another tweet. “Also salute all the brave men and women who have been at the forefront of the rescue operations and the medical team and volunteers who have been voluntarily donating blood. We are together in this,” he wrote.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the crash scene and spoke with rescue personnel. Additionally, he chatted with some of the injured when visiting a hospital to learn more about them. PM Modi informed journalists that he understood the suffering of the crash victims. He declared that the government would make every effort to assist them and would severely punish those proven to be at fault.
Here’s how fans reacted to Virender Sehwag’s commendable gesture:
Well played, sir.
— Asian Cityzen (@AsianCityzen) June 4, 2023
Commendable gesture 🙏🙏
— Anuj Mishra (@anujmishra003) June 4, 2023
Well done Viru ! This is the longest six you have hit.
— sid (@sid58883181) June 4, 2023
Well done Champion…❤️
— Ankur🇮🇳 (@Pandeyji_tweets) June 4, 2023
Take a bow for the greatest opener… It was dashing drive sir.. 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/8ZAvVFsLY4
— Sidd (@Sk642451) June 4, 2023
— Durgesh Singh Mertiya 🚩🇮🇳 (@DurgeshsMertiya) June 4, 2023
— UnBhakt (@VamosBangalore) June 4, 2023
That’s viru bhai #awesomegesture
— iChenna 🇮🇳🇺🇸 (@i_chenna) June 4, 2023