Virender Sehwag, Gautam Adani to provide free schooling to children who lost their parents in Odisha train tragedy
Bhubaneswar: India’s eminent cricketer Virender Sehwag and industrialist Gautam Adani today offered to provide free school education to children who lost their parents in the three-train accident that took place on Friday evening near Bahanaga Bazaar railway station in Balasore district of Odisha.
The death toll has spiked to 275, making it the most disastrous train accident in the State.
Taking to his personal Twitter handle, Adani wrote in Hindi, “We all are deeply perturbed by the train tragedy in Odisha. We have decided that the Adani Group will take care of the school education of the innocents who have lost their parents in the accident. It is the combined responsibility of all of us to support the victims and their families and give the children a better tomorrow.”
उड़ीसा की रेल दुर्घटना से हम सभी बेहद व्यथित हैं।
हमने फैसला लिया है कि जिन मासूमों ने इस हादसे में अपने अभिभावकों को खोया है उनकी स्कूली शिक्षा की जिम्मेदारी अडाणी समूह उठाएगा।
पीड़ितों एवं उनके परिजनों को संबल और बच्चों को बेहतर कल मिले यह हम सभी की संयुक्त जिम्मेदारी है।
— Gautam Adani (@gautam_adani) June 4, 2023
Echoing a similar feeling and generosity, Sehwag expressed, “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.”
“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,” the cricket star and former Captain of Team India further said.
This image will haunt us for a long time.
In this hour of grief, the least I can do is to take care of education of children of those who lost their life in this tragic accident. I offer such children free education at Sehwag International School’s boarding facility 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/b9DAuWEoTy
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 4, 2023
It is pertinent to mention, the Odisha government said earlier in the day that the number of deaths in the train accident stands at 275 and not 288, as declared yesterday.
“Some of the bodies were mistakenly counted twice at the accident site and also in hospitals. Hence, after proper counting, the final death figure is 275,” said Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena.