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Police lathicharge Kolkata Knight Riders fans outside Eden Gardens

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May 29, 2012 at 04:31pm IST

Kolkata: Indian Premier League (IPL) champion Kolkata Knight Riders's victory celebrations at the Eden Gardens turned ugly when several fans who failed to enter the venue started shouting slogans and broke through the barricades, forcing the police to use force and lathicharge the crowd.

The fans near Gate No. 3 of Eden Gardens tired to enter the stadium to get a glimpse of the KKR players, but due to the packed venue failed to do so. Soon afterwards the fans started to turn violent and pulled down the barricades resulting in police action. But there have been no reports of any person getting injured in the lathicharge.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the police to let those waiting outside to enter the Eden Gardens even though the stadium had more than 1 lakh people inside.

On Monday, Mamata had announced that she would felicitate the KKR team in Kolkata and added that the entry to the Eden Gardens for the celebrations would be free.

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