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Shah Rukh Khan's flight delayed, Eden garden flooded with fans

PTI 03 Jun 2014, 16:20:20 IST
Kolkata: While Shah Rukh Khan's flight for Kolkata got delayed due to technical fault, the fans here in the city are going berserk and trying hard to find an earth at the Eden gardens.

So much was the chaos that a stampede-like situation erupted on the fringes of the Eden Gardens here as die-hard fans IPL winner Kolkata Knight Riders clambered over police barricades to gain entry into the arena for the team's felicitation ceremony.

Though entry was made free, passes distributed were far less. This resulted in utter chaos with KKR followers breaking through the barriers and running wildly through them, bypassing the police cover to clinch a seat in the stadium.

Several women and children were injured or left behind in the rush.

The police had to resort to a mild cane charge to control the crowd as mounted personnel and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) struggled to control the mob-like situation.

Thousands, including men, women and children, waited to come in as the clock inched past the scheduled start of 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, the cultural events began inside the Eden Gardens as lucky fans who got in early, eagerly awaited the knights and team owner Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla's arrival.

SRK tweeted earlier: "Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there. Apologies."

Later he wrote, “Kolkata driving to Eden sorry to make u all wait. Could not be avoided cos of flight delay. Sorry just reaching in 20 mins or so.”

Live renditions of popular chart-toppers from SRK's films including "Aaj Ki Raat" from "Don 2" and "Chance Pe Dance" from "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" added to the frenzy. KKR's anthem "Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re" could be heard amid the din.