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Chaos at NSUI's free concert for students

Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times   August 23, 2013
First Published: 23:09 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:13 IST(23/8/2013)

With an eye on the coming Delhi University (DU) Students' Union elections, members of various parties have begun luring students with various 'sops'.

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The National Students' Union of India (NSUI), in a show of extravagance, roped in playback singer Mohit Chauhan to perform at the University's Thyagaraj Stadium on Friday for the students. The entry to the event was free for DU students.

"This was complimentary for all the students because we wanted them to come and enjoy themselves. We spent Rs. 2 lakh on the event, but the proceeds of the event will go to charity, " said Sangita Verma, one of the organisers of the event.

However, things went a bit out of hand when nearly 20,000 students reportedly turned up for the concert instead of the estimated 5,000. Students were allowed entry into the stadium premises on the basis of their I-cards only. Some who were kept out created a ruckus outside the venue and allegedly got involved in a scuffle with the police.

NSUI members, however, insisted that the numbers increased because the concert was free for students.

"Approximately 20,000 people came for the concert. The stadium was packed to capacity and we had to keep people outside. However, the crowd got agitated and tried to jump the barricades and vandalise the hall," said a senior Delhi Police officer.

The NSUI members said a few people were injured in the scuffle, but the claims were rubbished by police officers.


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