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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 kippreport
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.”