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Spectators throw bottles, missiles after match called off

Written by: Staff
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Guwahati, Apr 9 (UNI) Crowd trouble erupted on the eastern stands after the match was called off due to poor ground conditions with people throwing bottles and missiles on the outfeild.

People, waiting since morning for the play to start, grew impatient after the ground conditions had been rendered unplayable due to continuous showers for the last few days. A smart shower last night finally put paid to the chances of a match.

The umpires made four inspections of the ground and called off the proceedings at 1315 hrs. Earlier, a chopper was brought in, a super sopper was used and groundsmen worked overtime, but everything was rendered ineffective as the sun hardly showed its face.

However, the crowd grew restless and decided they had enough and started throwing missiles and bottles on the ground, mostly targeting the officials and security personnel.

The trouble took a more serious turn when they started tearing down the advertisement vinyls from the temporary hoardings and when the ground security people tried to stop them they were manhandled.

Things went from bad to worse, when the agitated crowd started setting the vinyls on fire prompting the security officials into action, who were till now trying to control them by gesturing at them to calm down.

The para-military forces were promptly called and they took their position near the stands even as trouble spread from the eastern stands to the entire gallery.

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