A well organised trade fair ended on a sour note for visitors on Sunday when the Delhi Police and the security staff roughed up visitors gathered outside the entry gates.
"I was literally shooed away by the police when I reached gate number four for entry. I didn't know that entry was not allowed from that gate. They could have politely informed me so, but they pushed me instead," said Mehul Madaan, who had come from Meerut to visit the fair.
The policemen, who were posted for the convenience of visitors, didn't even spare senior citizens who were allowed free entry.
"A 70-year-old man standing next to me was manhandled by the police. These people don't know how to behave with the general public. There should be workshops for policemen who are deputed to manage huge gatherings such as the trade fair," said Kanika Sood, a visitor.
As the crowd swelled inside the venue within hours of the fair's opening, several automated machines at entry points crashed, causing inconvenience to visitors.
"The police posted at the entry gates violated all rules as they allowed free entry to their acquaintances and relatives. We had to go back as the gates were shut due to overcrowding," said Shreya Bhatia, a visitor.
Officially, around 1.16 lakh people visited the trade fair on the last day, but according to sources, the number was more than 1.50 lakh.
"We'll look into the matter and make sure nothing like this happens again. There should be more signage boards around the venue so that people are aware of the entry points," said Seju P kuruvilla, DCP.