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Chaos marks Virat Kohli’s maiden visit to Ludhiana

punjab Updated: Nov 23, 2016 16:01 IST
Aneesha Sareen Kumar
Virat Kohli

Cricketer Virat Kohli takes a selfie with youngsters in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

In an utterly mismanaged event at a city-based mall, Indian test cricket captain Virat Kohli found himself in the midst of chaos as thousands of youngsters and cricket fans turned up to catch a glimpse of the cricketer. The Ludhiana police complicated the situation by playing spoil sport as they not only clicked selfies but brought friends and family with them who wanted to see the cricketer.

There were allegations that policemen were charging money in thousands to permit people to take selfies. Though police denied the allegations, some people in the crowd alleged that the policemen charged up to Rs 5,000 for the same.

Kohli, had to face a lot of jostling and ended up limping as he got on to the stage, kept pleading the public to maintain silence so that his first visit to the city was a pleasant one. “Please let me speak, shor kam karo,” he said.One of the members of the organising team requesting anonymity said while the press conference at a promotional event was only for the media, policemen brought their friends and family whom they could not deny entry. “We tried hard to restrict the entry, but the Ludhiana police which were meant to provide security kept asking us to allow their kin inside,” said one of the organisers. The event was organised by Smaash Gaming Centre.

A constable near the stage who was meant to control the maddening crowd also took out his mobile to click selfies. As a result the crowd went berserk. Kohli recalled how his father used to come to Ludhiana for his business assignments and thus he always wanted to visit Ludhiana. “Punjabi shor toh karte hi hain,” he added.