At a time when many were busy watching the India-West Indies semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 31 night, volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were busy assisting the Kolkata Police and NDRF in carrying out rescue work at ground zero.
Two parts of an under-construction 2.2-km-long Vivekananda Flyover had collapsed in a congested market area in BurraBazar, north Kolkata, on March 31 afternoon.
The sections came crashing down suddenly on a crowded street around lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under huge concrete slabs and metal. The death toll in the flyover collapse has climbed to 25.
As usual, mainstream media did not carry the reports of such work by the RSS. But whenever any gem comes out of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s mouth, most of the media takes it to the front page and it becomes a matter of earnest commentaries plus noisy TV debates.
— Bhaswar Goswami (@goswamibhaswar) April 1, 2016
🚩Indian Army along with NDRF & RSS at ground zero in Kolkatta saving lives of ppl when nation was busy with T-20WC🚩 pic.twitter.com/AxUpvzUXmy
— Swapnil pathre (@swapnil_pathre) April 1, 2016
Recently, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav took a jibe at the outfit, and tweeted, “Rabri Devi has forced the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to change its dress.” He laughingly said again that “we will again make them return to half pants.”
RSS workers have also been active during the relief efforts in 2013 Uttarakhand floods.