There was chaos outside the Eden Gardens after an hour-long felicitation function of the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders when a large crowd broke barricades and engaged in scuffles with the police in a bid to enter the grounds today.
Nearly 30,000 people were waiting outside the Eden
Crowd gathers at Ashutosh Mukherjee road to watch KKR procession in Kolkata. HT Photo/PRATEEK Choudhury
Gardens as they were not allowed entry into the grounds which were already packed to capacity.
As the surging crowd made a determined bid to have a glimpse of the KKR team as well as its co-owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, chaos followed and several persons suffered injuries in the melee.
The area was littered with shoes and other foot wears as the police made way for the KKR team members, Shah Rukh Khan and Tollywood actors for their departure.
West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, some of her cabinet colleagues and Railway Minister Mukul Roy were present at the felicitation progarmme, organised jointly by the state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
When contacted, the police denied that there was any lathicharge or any injury outside the stadium