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Fans baton-charged in India

2011-03-08 16:31

Nagpur - Indian media say police wielding sticks charged hundreds of fans queuing outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur to buy tickets for Saturday's World Cup match between India and South Africa.

Press Trust of India reports the incident occurred Tuesday morning when fans rushed ticket counters and broke barriers "resulting in a melee."

It said some people received minor injuries in the charge, but that police refused to comment on their use of force.

The baton charge follows a similar police action on February 24 in Bangalore when fans queued overnight for tickets to the India vs. England match.

AP

Comments
  • Fidel Castro - 2011-03-08 16:35

    And the ICC will let this carry on not worrying or wanting to accept responsibility for any excessive use of force. Blame it on the Indian Police. Its an ICC event but they will not accept any responsibility for any bad events regarding the event, only the good events.

      Eugene van Vuuren - 2011-03-08 19:51

      Fiebel, how do you want the ICC to be responsible for security and crowd control in a country with a billion people? Just as it was the case for the FIFA WC in 2010 and the ICC Cricket WC 2003 in SA the localpolice is responsible. Now piss off.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-08 16:40

    Eish, the second time this has happened at the CWC. Seems like these poor Indian fans are quite a "hit" with their police force..........

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