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Police add insult to fans' injuries

india Updated: Feb 26, 2011 01:06 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Hindustan Times
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After the organisational lapses at the Commonwealth Games, it is the turn of the Cricket World Cup to come under the scrutiny. The Karnataka State Cricket Association has come under severe flak from all quarters for mishandling the sale of tickets for Sunday's India vs England game.

Trying to justify the lathi-charge by his police force on the crowd which had queued up for match tickets, Bangalore Police chief Shankar Bidari, made a loose comment on Friday. "Sometimes to avoid greater injury, you have to handle minor injuries," Bidari said. "It was due to jostling amongst the crowd. If we would have used force, there could have been a stampede." These are sensitive issues and the top officials need to be careful in their statements.