Police lathi-charge cricket fans in Nagpur

By CricketCountry Staff

Nagpur: Mar 8, 2011

Cricket fans were lathi-charged on Tuesday over tickets sale ahead of World Cup match between India and South Africa outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur .

According to media reports, violence erupted when the crowd tried to break the designated queue and police had to move in to control the crowed.

The match is scheduled for March 12 and in a similar incident, police in Bangalore clashed with fans on February 24, who swarmed to buy tickets in Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy ground.

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By CricketCountry Staff

Nagpur: Mar 8, 2011

Ticket-hungry fans were baton-charged by police as they queued for Saturday’s India-South Africa clash in Nagpur.

The clashes happened outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association offices as police struggled to control the crowds, said a witness.

Fans started queuing on Monday, a day before the counters opened for the sale of tickets for the first World Cup game involving India in the Orange City since 1987.

Engineering student Ajay Zade had given up hope of buying one of the 16,000 tickets for the high-profile match, to be held at the VCA’s Jamtha Stadium. “I have been waiting since early morning but I have no hope of getting the tickets,” said Zade, 20.

“I was close to the counter but had to leave the queue because of the baton-charge in the morning. I was very keen to see the India match but now I have no hopes.”

Mohammad Safwan, a 20-year-old student, was more fortunate, securing his ticket despite the crush which prompted the police intervention. “It feels like I have won the World Cup,” he said. It was the second time at the World Cup that fans have been baton-charged.

Similar incidents took place in the run-up to the February 27 clash between India and England in Bangalore when fans queued overnight in the hope of securing one of the 7,000 tickets placed on general sale.

Ticket sales and their allocation have caused a major rift between local organisers and the International Cricket Council.

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