Though the police termed its action as necessary to control the increasing number of people outside the stadium, those who were on the receiving end said the police were to blame for making poor arrangements.
“I and my friends had come to see the final match and though, we were not creating a ruckus, the policemen began the lathicharge,” Jagdeep Singh, a spectator, said.
Besides this, commuters and city residents were inconvenienced by traffic jams caused because of the arrangements made for the kabaddi world cup final.
Traffic came to a standstill at Mall Road, Ferozepur Road, Ghumar Mandi, Jagraon Bridge and surrounding areas.
Rattanjit Singh, a commuter said it took him 20 minutes to cover a kilometre. “The authorities should have at least used some thought to ensure the people did not suffer,” he said.