In a Facebook post, Gambhir said: "I must say I was disappointed by the inconvenience KKR's felicitation ceremony caused to Kolkatans. As it is cricket fans in India, who are the most important stake-holders, are not treated well. To make matters worse there was lathicharge on innocents. God-willing my KKR team wins many more trophies but as far as I am concerned we're done with such felicitations."
The post was liked by over 20,000 people and shared 291 times at the time of filing this report.
Many fans suffered injuries in police lathicharge even as ministers ignored
Many people, including women and a child, were seriously injured after the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd which gathered outside the stadium and waiting for a chance to enter to see the felicitation of their cricketing heroes. The West Bengal government had announced that the stadium would be made open to all and people could see the felicitation ceremony with a free pass. But things worsened when more passes were issued than the sitting capacity of the stadium.
State ministers, however, refused to acknowledge that there was any mismanagement and even blamed the media for showing pictures of chaos. "Why are you showing the suffering of 10 people when 60,000 are enjoying," said one minister Firhad Hakim. He also told the media that they should show good pictures or else Bengal would continue to lag behind Gujarat.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also rushed to the event in a chartered flight from North Bengal where she had gone for an official trip.