Cops, organisers in row at Enrique concert venue
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A scuffle broke out between police and organisers of pop star Enrique Iglesias's concert at Amanora Town Centre in Hadapsar on Wednesday night. While the organisers claimed that the brawl was because an ACP was trying get in his guests without passes, police said said they to had to use force when some people entered the arena area without being checked, which led to an argument between the organisers and policemen.
On Thursday, the concert organisers, Only Much Louder (OML) said around 8.30 pm, an ACP attempted to bring in some guests without passes or wrist bands. The same ACP had already been given several complimentary passes for his guests prior to he event, they said.
A scuffle broke out between the ACP's guests and the organisers. OML officials said the brawl resulted in injuries to three of the organisers. "The ACP was bringing in 30 to 40 people at a time. These people were without passes. The first time, we let them in but when it happened again, I asked the group who was with them. On hearing this, they began to hurl abuses at me in Marathi and then hit me. Three men held me while another hit me on the back of my neck, hands and face," said Vijay Nair, CEO, OML.
"When (DCP) Manoj Patil heard about what was happening, he came to the spot immediately. When they saw him, they stopped. Patil told us not to let anyone without a pass in, even if it was a police officer," Nair added. A complaint application has now been given to police by the organisers.
Patil sai, "We will look into the complaint by organisers."
ACP V T Pawar said, "Some members of the organising crew were standing at the entry point and checking the people coming in. We found they were not doing their job properly. They started arguing with us and some people slipped through the security check. We had to use force to bring such persons out."
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