One dead, several injured, in crush during Shah Rukh Khan's film promotion

One person is killed and several others wounded at a railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat while trying to catch a glimpse of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.VIDEO: REUTERS

GUJARAT, INDIA (REUTERS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - One person is killed and several others wounded at a railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat as thousands tried to catch a glimpse of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Khan was making brief stops on his journey to Delhi to promote his latest film Raees (Wealthy).

The rush towards the Indian screen icon's carriage resulted in a stampede, despite efforts by baton-wielding policemen to control the swelling numbers.

Mr Farid Khan Pathan, 45, fell unconscious and collapsed, later dying in hospital.  

Two police officers were injured while trying to bring order to the chaos, said Mr Sharad Singhal, a senior railway police officer.

He also said that police were establishing whether the film organisers had sought permission before staging the publicity stunt. 

“We will investigate whether police failed to do its part or the organisers did not comply with rules and regulations,” he told reporters.  “We will take action against all those who were responsible, even if it was Shah Rukh Khan”.

The 51-year-old film star offered his condolences as news broke of the man’s death.  

“It is extremely unfortunate that someone has died... my prayers are with his family,” he told reporters as he approached Delhi.  “I hope his soul rests in peace and his family remains well,” he said. 

Raees, a crime-thriller set in the 80s about the rise and fall of a clever bootlegger, hits Indian cinemas this week.