TAMIL NADU

Police defends denial of entry to ticket holders

CHENNAI, JAN. 31. The police stopped ticket holders from entering the M.A.Chidambaram stadium on January 25 for the India-England one-day match, as crowds had swelled in the B and C stands, the Greater Chennai Police Commissioner, K. Vijay Kumar, said here today.

Talking to presspersons, the Commissioner said the police received information that both the stands were packed. A couple of spectators even fainted due to over crowding.

``When this was made known, we decided not to allow anyone even those with genuine tickets. In a way what police did was right'', the Commissioner explained.

Already a team is probing into excess selling of tickets and other aspects related to the match. Twelve cases of selling tickets in the black market had been filed. The police have also arrested people involved in such activity, the Commissioner said.

Declining to comment further on the issue, he assured that such incidents will not recur.

Responding to a question on sale of liquor on a day, when the wine shops were asked to close, Mr. Vijay Kumar warned of severe action against shops open on a Government declared holiday.

On the case relating to the Saravana Bhavan owner, Rajagopal, he said police had received complaints that Rajagopal's son had a quarrel with his father and the manager of one of the outlets. The son preferred two complaints one against his father and another against the manager.

The police are continuing investigations in the cyber-porn case, the Commissioner added.

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