KKR's victory celebrations end with police baton-charge

Last Updated: Tue, May 29, 2012 12:38 hrs
Police lathicharge KKR fans outside Eden Gardens

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) grand victory celebrations took a turn for the worse on Tuesday when police baton charged fans outside the Eden Gardens stadium, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated the Indian Premier League (IPL)-winning team.

Television reports said police were forced to baton charge fans after they broke through barricades to enter the stadium.

Nearly 30,000 people were waiting outside the stadium. The surging crowd made a determined bid to catch a glimpse of the KKR team and their owners Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla.

Several people were injured in the chaotic melee. The area was littered with footwear.

Earlier, West Bengal Governor M.K Narayanan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and members of her cabinet welcomed the team with bouquets, garlands and sweets on a makeshift stage.

Lauding the KKR side for winning the fifth edition of the IPL, Banerjee said: "The name of the team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is connected with Kolkata. We the people of West Bengal welcome all the winning players of KKR in the city."

West Bengal Sports and Transport Minister Madan Mitra said that the victory of KKR would boost the morale of the people in the state.

"Yes, certainly, not only it will inspire the people, it will inspire the brand. It will inspire the morale of the state. Earlier, the slogan was 'What Bengal Thinks Today, India Thinks Tomorrow' but now today, the slogan is 'What Kolkata Thinks Today, Everybody Thinks Tomorrow'," said Mitra.

KKR defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets Sunday to lift their maiden IPL title.

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