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Mob scares off Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan's visit to Patna cancelled as cops are called in to control unruly mob.

bollywood Updated: Dec 15, 2011 01:57 IST

Actor Shah Rukh Khan's first-ever visit to Patna was called off at the last minute amid security concerns.

On Tuesday, the actor was to visit a mall in the city to promote Don 2, but the crowd got so unmanageable that the visit was cancelled.

"When people got to know that Shah Rukh Khan was coming to our mall, there was utter chaos," said a spokesperson from Cinepolis Multiplex, the venue.

Once the crowd learnt that Shah Rukh Khan wouldn't be coming, they got so violent that the police had to resort to water canons and lathicharge.

Organisers, Spice Bhasha, said that the police prevented Khan from visiting due to security concerns. However, the cops blame his no-show on bad weather.

Stuck in Mumbai, Khan tweeted an apology to the fans who had been waiting.

"Bags packed...plane ready...my Bihari accent was also being worked upon. Feel awful couldn't make it. Was super excited with my first ever visit to Patna but distt authorities said sum security issue. Will come sum other time. Damn!!! (sic)" he wrote.

This is not the first time a star event in a mall has gotten ugly.

Earlier this year, Salman Khan's visit to a Jaipur mall caused a stampede, while actor Ranbir Kapoor was mobbed in a Lucknow mall.

Organisers say that the key to such an event is being realistic about security requirements.

"If a big star comes to us for a promotional activity, we do an assessment of the crowd on the basis of who the star is. If a star is very big, we involve the Delhi Police, and put in place a two-phase security with bomb and dog squad," said Arindam Kunar of DLF Place, Saket.

In fact, some malls avoid promotional events altogether as they feel security can never be enough.

"We did host a few big events in the past, but such things get crazy and unmanageable, including parking! Also, our usual shoppers get disturbed," says a spokesperson from Select CityWalk, Saket.

Khan's mob woes
October 2011, Shah Rukh Khan got mobbed in a shopping mall in Bhopal while promoting RA.One.

April 2011, The actor was mobbed at Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

September 2010, Shah Rukh Khan was to inaugurate the Delhi Eye, but the event was cancelled due to unmanageable crowds.

February 2008, A stampede broke out at the Zee Carnival in London as thousands of fans gathered to see the star in action.