Shah Rukh Khan arrives late, chaos reigns at Edens

"Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there.”

By: Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Published: June 3, 2014 4:07 pm
"Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there.” “Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there.”

Chaos reigned supreme as about one lakh fans turned up at the Eden Gardens to celebrate Kolkata Knight Riders’s title triumph in IPL 7 even as Bollywood actor and franchise owner Shah Rukh Khan failed to reach the venue on time because of a technical snag in flight.

“Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there. Apologies,” SRK said on his Twitter handle.

“Kolkata bound. Delay in flight but will make it … Insha Allah nothing can stop us now,” SRK tweeted.

While about 60,000 people managed to enter the stadium thousands jostled in the surrounding Maidan area to gain entry which was ‘free’ but only with ‘complimentary passes’ from police stations in the metropolis and through CAB affiliated clubs in the state.

The stadium authorities opened the gates at 11:00 am to enable supporters to enter well ahead of the start of the programme scheduled at 1:00 pm, which was delayed.

People started queueing up at Eden Gardens from as early as 9:00 am as all roads led there.

At times, police had to wield lathis to disperse the crowd with the help of the Mounted Police.

The delirious scenes with people, including women and children jostling, resembled KKR’s victory celebration on May 29 two years ago.

Indipop singer Usha Uthup belted out popular Bollywood chartbusters to keep the spectators engaged till the arrival of KKR.

Taking a cue from PM Narendra Modi’s hugely successful ‘Ab Ki Baar…’ campaign, she sang a new theme song — ‘Ab ki baar KKR, Baar baar KKR, Baar baar chhukka maar’ — to the delight of spectators.

There were also a host of Bengali film and TV industry celebrities in attendance.
Madan Mitra, who was present with a host of state ministers, was seen sitting on the Eden outfield giving shutterbugs a photo opportunity.

Needless to say there were traffic gridlocks and people commuting by public or private transport faced a harrowing time.

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  1. F
    Jun 4, 2014 at 12:38 am
    KKR is a shame for west bengal hindus as there is not a single bengali ociated with kkr. Nither the players nor the owners are bengalees.
    1. G
      Jun 3, 2014 at 11:14 am
      unexpected crowds brought out Mamata the CM- Crowd Manager, that is.many times police lathicharged, lots of people were injured.thousands were crowding the stadium but thousands were still waiting outside to get in.Well, Mamata did need some good news after the recent General Election results.And KKR obliged with IPL le.
      1. K
        Jun 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm
        Shahrukh Khan should be punished (Financially) for Chaos at Eden Garden. He should pay for all police security cost and ure that this never happens again. He is recklessly behaving from his part as he should have antited for the people turnaround and provided security for the event. He has made millions from IPL but at the end people suffered from him and his management team.