File photo of Virender Sehwag© Twitter
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag took to social media to offer his condolences to the victims of the Odisha train tragedy, even announcing that his school would offer free education and boarding to children who lost their parents in the accident. He posted a photo of the accident with the caption: “This image will haunt us for a long time to come. In this hour of sorrow, the least I can do is to take care of the upbringing of the children of those who died in this tragic accident. I offer such children free education at Sehwag International School.”
This image will haunt us for a long time to come.
In this hour of sorrow, the least I can do is to take care of the upbringing of the children of those who died in this tragic accident. I offer such children free education at the Sehwag International School boarding house. pic.twitter.com/b9DAuWEoTy
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 4, 2023
Former India captain Virat Kohli and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, among several other athletes, have expressed their pain over the devastating train crash in Orissa’s Balasore district, which killed at least 238 people and injured more than 900.
Friday’s train derailment involving the Bengaluru-Howrah bullet train, the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Central Express and a freight train is one of the deadliest crashes of its kind since independence.
Officials in Bhubaneswar said 200 ambulances, 50 buses and 45 mobile medical units, along with 1,200 personnel, were at the scene. The bodies were transported to hospitals by all means of transport, including tractors.
Kohli, who has been in England with Team India for the World Testing Championship final against Australia at the Oval since June 7, wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
India’s first individual Olympic champion, rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra was heartbroken by the news of the accident.
(with PTI inputs)
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