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Asianet apologizes for stampede on Friday

Asianet, the organizers of an Indian reality television show, apologized to fans on Sunday following…

October 26, 2009 5:32 by

Asianet, the organizers of an Indian reality television show, apologized to fans on Sunday following a stampede at a venue in Dubai on Friday, reported The National on Monday.

Asianet said “Things were completely out of control” when over 15,000 people tried to enter the Dubai Airport Expo to watch the final episode of Mammootty The Best Actor Award 2009, which featured Kerela superstar Mammootty.

The venue, which has a capacity of 7,000, was overwhelmed by fans who caused a stampede after they were rejected entry by the 70-strong security staff. The Dubai Police were eventually called in to help.

“We have successfully done several events before, but this time things were completely out of control,” said Bindhu Menon, the company’s Middle East general manager told the Abu Dhabi daily.

“Apart from the people who had already purchased tickets, there were thousands of others who were there to get tickets.”

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  1. John on October 27, 2009 7:39 am

    I was there last Friday night….trying to get into GITEX Shoppers…

    It was complete chaos….

    What made things worse was the Venue….

    GITEX Shoppers – Last weekend and Asianet Show venue happening next door…a terrible combination!!

  2. Jomay on October 27, 2009 8:11 am

    Asianet has no right to get an excuse of this unfortunate issue. The main mistake is , they have issued ticket double the capacity of the available seats. They have allowed to enter gallery only the people carrying tickets. Then how come around 40% of the ticket holders couldn’t enter the show. So that means they are cheating the people by selling tickets more than the capacity of seats. And they cannot say non-ticket holders also entered gallery because all these stampede issues are happened outside the gallery only. This I am commending as real victim to this issue with my family. And people got Whiplash by Police after spending money to Purchase Ticket from Asianet.

  3. Sujith on October 27, 2009 11:18 am

    Asianet has no excuse as they have got clear picture somany days before the day of show, that is why they have changed venue only before two days!!!

    People trust asianet and purchased their ticket weeks before the show to ensure their seat.

    Asianet should return the money who cannot enter the show.

    I was there from 5.30 with my two kids and waited two hours. God sake I can able to return from the seen before the situation getting worst.

  4. Meera on October 27, 2009 6:14 pm

    I, being a participant’s parent underwent trauma . I was stuck in the traffic for more than 2 hours, was refused entry by both dubai police and the organiser, fined by police couple of times (b’cos i stopped the car to drop my child at the entrance ) deprieved of a parking space, had to drive back home, seek the help of afriend to be dropped at Rashidya, walk all way to the venue with my old mother and lugging the costumes of the participant, WHAT A WONDERFUL EVENING I HAD!!!!!!!! The show scheduled to start @ 7.00pm kicked off at 9.20 and abruptly stopped at 2 am.


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