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Kashmiri student apologises for viral train stunt, advises others against attempting it

The video sparked outrage on the social media, with users demanding strict action against Adil Vaid to prevent other youngsters from attempting the stunt.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2018 20:38 IST
Abhishek Saha
Abhishek Saha
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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The video, shot by a friend, showed Kashmiri student Adil Vaid lying prostrate under a running train. (Abhinav Saha/ HT pic for representational purposes only)

A Kashmiri student has apologised for a viral video that showed him lying under a running train in Anantnag district earlier this month, and asked fellow-youngsters to refrain from attempting similar stunts.

“What I did was a mistake, and I have realised that,” said Adil Vaid, a college student from Bijbehara, in a second video released by the police. “I would like to advise everybody against trying to replicate my stunt.”

The video also featured Muzamil Qasim, a friend of Vaid who had shot the stunt. “I would also like to urge you against attempting such an act. It can lead to your death,” he said.

Anantnag senior superintendent of police Altaf Ahmed Khan said they counselled the youngsters extensively after the incident came to light. “We spoke to their parents too. The two have apologised and promised to not repeat such dangerous stunts again,” he added.

The video had sparked outrage on the social media, with users demanding strict action against Vaid to prevent other youngsters from being “inspired”. It showed the student in a pheran (a traditional Kashmiri overcoat) lying face down on the track as the train sped over him.

“There is something drastically wrong with this sort of adventure-seeking. I can’t believe the stupidity of these young men,” tweeted former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

Abdullah, however, did not believe arresting Vaid was the solution. “He should be counselled and let off with a stern warning. Our prisons are too full of young men as it is, and stupidity isn’t a crime.”

Vaid and Qasim could not be independently contacted for their response.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 20:37 IST