Hyderabad: Crazy T20 ticket battle causes stampede, 7 hurt

Seven people were hospitalized, including two cops, after stampede at Gymkhana Ground . Crowds had increased to 20,000, and cops were under attack to alleviate tumultuous situation .

HYDERABAD (here): On Thursday afternoon, a frenzied scramble for tickets to the India-Australia T20 International, scheduled for Sunday, and the apathetic attitude of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials sparked a stampede at Gymkhana Ground here.Seven people were hospitalized, including two cops, prompting police to call lathicharge to restore order.By the time ticket booths opened, the crowds had increased to 20,000, and cops were under attack to alleviate the tumultuous situation.Roads were blocked, traffic was diverted, but a heavy rainfall about 11.30 a.m. sparked a rash of events that culminated in a stampede and lathicharge.

This culminated in a stampede that injured several people.To bring the situation under control, we had to resort to lathicharge, according to DCP (north zone) G Chandana Deepthi.On Thursday, it was a downer at Gymkhana ground for cricket enthusiasts.Although several of them braved the rain since Wednesday midnight to buy tickets, some others skipped their breakfast to avoid missing the match tickets.

Many of them fainted in the midst of the melee, even as police charged at them with their batons when the situation became out of control.If not for the policing assistance provided, it could have made it worse for thousands.A woman officer saved the life of a woman who had collapsed and was out of breath soon after the crash.Constable Naveena of Begumpet police station administered CPR and rescued the woman.

Cops, she said, did their best to bring the situation under stress.As interacting with the waiting supporters, ACP DS Chauhan gave strict instructions to his men to deal with ticket seekers.Officials from the HCA did not do their homework correctly, he said.We ensured that at least four counters were opened so that the fans do not have to wait in the queues for a longer period of time.