In a tragic incident, two college students were killed after they were run over by a train in Delhi’s Shahdara while shooting videos for social media stories.
The incident happened on a Wednesday evening railway line near the Kranti Nagar flyover.
Reel on railway track turns fatal
According to the police, the two youths, 23-year-old Vansh Sharma and 20-year-old Monu, hailed from Kanti Nagar Extension.
Sharma was a 3rd-year B.Tech student, and Monu, who used to work as a salesman, was pursuing a BA from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning.
Police suspect that the duo was shooting videos on the railway track when they were hit by a train.
The incident came to light after police received the information at around 4.35 pm on Wednesday at the Shahdara police station, Old Delhi Railway station, about two bodies lying on the railway track.
Following the information, a police team reached the spot, recovered the bodies, and sent them for postmortem examination.
Social media filled with train stunt videos
Police also found the mobile phones of the youths on the track. While one of them was shattered, the other one was not damaged.
According to the police, Sharma had two accounts on Instagram. He described himself as a video creator on one account; on the second, he claimed to be a politician.
In one of his Instagram accounts, police reportedly found several videos of Sharma and Monu on railway tracks.
Some showed the two men jumping from the train and running around tracks while trains were passing.
Monu also had two Instagram profiles – one as a video creator and the other as a photographer.
“On inquiry, it was found that the deceased used to shoot short films on mobile and came to railway tracks to make live videos. Their mobiles were also found on the track,” the police said.
Train selfie death in Gurugram
A similar incident happened in February 2022 in neighbouring Gurugram, where four youths were over by a train near Basai Dhankot railway station while trying to click a selfie.
The four youths, aged 18 to 20, started taking selfies on the track when the Ajmer-bound Jan Shatabdi Express from Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla was moving from Gurgaon railway station towards Basai.
Even when the train came quite near, they did not move as they wanted the train in the picture and were run over.
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