Chaos mars Zee TV's Li'l Champ Anamika's first home show

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Guwahati, Feb 20 (UNI) What started off as an unprecedented jubilation ended in chaos and violence after the crowd at Zee TV's Li'l Champs finalist Anamika's maiden Assam live show at hometown Mariani late last night ransacked the stage, prompting police to detain the organisers.

Anamika Choudhury, the top three finalist in Zee Tv's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs, was flown in to Assam yesterday before the budding star headed for London for the final showdown.

The Anamika Fans Club, floated to garner support for her, had organized a performance by Anamika at the local stadium in Mariani town, which went on till well past midnight.

Trouble started after at the end of the show, when a section of the crowd, engaged in confrontation with the organizers, burst onto the stage and destroyed the musical instruments.

Anamika was, however, escorted away safely.

Titabor SDPO Debashish Bora, who was overseeing security arrangements at the venue, said that the secretary of the organizing committee was detained following verbal complaints.

He was, however, later released after the complaint was withdrawn following a mutual understanding.

Earlier in the day, thousands had defied an ULFA-sponsored Assam bandh to welcome home the "Little Champ" as they lined up the streets from Jorhat airport to Mariani town, with a car convoy of over 50 vehicles taking Anamika home.

She was also scheduled to perform in Jorhat town yesterday but the show was cancelled due to security concerns. Anamika is also scheduled to perform in neighbouring Titabor town today before returning tomorrow.

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