Enrique concert organisers allege beating by cops

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Pune, Oct 19

Organisers of pop star Enrique Iglesias' concert in Pune Friday alleged they were beaten up by policemen for allegedly stopping guests of a senior police official from entering the venue.

The concert took place Wednesday in the Hadapsar area of Pune city. The organisers claimed that six people from their team were beaten up, while they were only "trying to manage the crowd".

"Initially the only conversation I had when I stood there was 'aap ke saath koun koun hai?' (How many people are with you?). That was the question I asked and the response was an immediate slap on my face," said Vijay Nair, one of the organisers.

"The next minute I know, there were three other people with him (the senior police official), who pinned me down against the barricading and for the next one-and-a-half minutes, it was just non-stop beatings from all sides," he told media persons.

The organisers said the CEO of bookmyshow.com Ashish Hemrajani was also among those beaten up.

Police, however, claimed that they were just managing the crowd and were trying to stop the big group of people from entering the venue without being subjected to checks. Officials from Pune's Hadapsar police station denied having beaten up any of the organisers.

Police admitted to resorting to a mild baton-charge to set the crowd in order. They also claimed that they had to act after bouncers deputed by the event organisers heckled Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) V.T. Pawar.

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