Following the stampede-like situation at the Gymkhana ground, Hyderabad police booked Hyderabad Cricket Association President Mohammad Azharuddin and other members. The cops responded to a complaint filed by an injured sub-inspector and an injured woman.
According to the complainant, HCA allegedly sold a high stake of black tickets. On September 25, Hyderabad will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Australia. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), led by former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, has appointed Paytm to sell tickets both online and in person.
Inspector of police- Begumpet P Srinivas Rao said, “The lady claimed that a high stake of T20 cricket match tickets were sold in black. When HCA’s appointed contractor Paytm opened a counter in Secunderabad’s Gymkhana grounds on Thursday, the crowd went wild when a man claimed that only 3000 tickets remained, while the rest had been sold out. Following this, the crowd became agitated, resulting in a stampede-like situation”.
Twenty cricket fans were injured, and two of them fainted. Seven of them were taken to the hospital. According to the doctors, the injured people were terrified and in a state of panic after the incident. It took some time to get them to stabilize them.
Two of the seven people admitted to the hospital were policemen who had fractures, while the other five had fractures and soft tissue injuries.
A few police officers were also injured while attempting to separate and disperse the crowd. However, the crowd went insane, and they were caught off guard. A stampede was the last thing the injured people expected while purchasing tickets for a cricket match.
Police in Begumpet have booked them under sections 420 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code. The investigation is still in progress, the inspector added.
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