Unchecked entry, jostling & non-working ACs at KK concert, say eyewitnesses


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Imanjit Dutta, a third year student from Techno India College, said, “I reached the venue around 5:30pm and there was a commotion at the entrance. “The BJP should stop its vulture brand of politics. He got into his car (after the performance) and he was feeling cold,” Bhatt told reporters. It must be found out what was the auditorium capacity and how many were given entry. “Once the performance was over, he went to the hotel where he was staying. TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh slammed the Opposition parties for trying to politicise an “unfortunate” incident. “How come audiences, triple the capacity of the venue, were allowed to enter without entry passes? Many fell on the ground and got injured in the melee,” he added. The police personnel didn’t even check our passes and let all in. Senior Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury also demanded an inquiry into the incident. “But everything was fine at the venue. Last day, Vivekananda College had organised the event in a more systematic manner.”
A third-year college student from Bhubaneswar who did not wish to be named said, “It was right before the performance that a large crowd arrived at the venue suddenly. An impartial probe must be conducted by an agency to find out who is actually guilty (sic),” he added. We won’t be surprised if BJP starts claiming that KK was their party leader,” said Ghosh. “Since I am a high-blood pressure patient, I looked for a spot near the AC that stopped functioning after a while. “When things went out of control, people were sprayed with fire extinguishers. Also read |KK, the man with the silken voice who lives on in his songs
Also, officials of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), which runs Nazrul Mancha, visited the auditorium for inspection. “The situation at Najrul Mancha during the performance raises many unsavoury questions,” added Chowdhury. This led to the failure of air-conditioning. (File)Unrestricted entry, non-working air-conditioners (ACs) and jostling in the crowd with no ventilation at the venue where many ended up falling in the melee and getting hurt. Students are seen trying to barge into the auditorium and even climbing a wall to watch the performance.Best of Express PremiumPremiumWhy has aspirin advice for heart protection changed?PremiumHow Pune police personnel reskilled themselves to tackle crypto crimesPremiumExplained: The case for six airbagsPremiumSri Lanka plans to develop Trincomalee port as industrial hub, stirs glob…More Premium Stories >>
Ritojit Ghosh, a second year student at the University of Engineering and Management (UEM), Kolkata, who went to the concert with his friends, said the volunteers and police personnel who were managing the crowd were abusive and spoke harshly. The BJP leader wondered whether it was the administration’s failure after having given permission for the show and then not making “appropriate security arrangements”. State minister and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim admitted that there were more people at Nazrul Mancha than it could accommodate. Must read |KK’s Delhi University roots before he found fame
BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra demanded arrest of the show organisers. These are the first-person accounts of those who were among the audience at the Nazrul Manch auditorium in Kolkata where Bollywood singer KK performed soon before he died of suspected heart attack late Tuesday. They even threatened to beat the people standing in line with sticks. In a tweet, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Suvendu Adhikari questioned as who was responsible for the singer’s death. Or was it the organisers, the so-called Trinamool Congress student wing leaders who instigated the crowd and threw open the gates,” he said. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. He was completely fine during the show. Krishnakumar Kunnath (53), better known as KK, was taken sick while performing at the annual festival of city-based Gurudas College. They should stop politicising deaths. Finally, two precious hours were lost before he was taken to hospital.”
Kolkata Police, which have registered a case of unnatural death, said they were “scrutinising CCTV footage to understand what happened before KK was taken to the hospital”. But as soon as he entered his room, he fell down. KK’s manager Hitesh Bhat said that nothing untoward happened during the show. Thankfully a stampede didn’t take place. The auditorium was jampacked and people had no sense of who they were pushing around. The air-conditioning system was not working properly and all my friends and I were sweating profusely. © The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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KK Meanwhile, Opposition parties in West Bengal raised questions over alleged mismanagement at the venue of the concert, claiming that overcrowding may have played a role in the vocalist’s death. I was with him all the time. “Those who organised the show should be arrested for killing a popular and versatile singer by letting him in a suffocating auditorium. I feel the lack of security at Nazrul Manch made it easier for people to barge in. Even our officials were saying that Nazrul Mancha should not be rented out for college festivals as students tend to jump on chairs and break them,” said Hakim. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨
As is seen in the videos of the performance that surfaced on social media, the singer is seen wiping off sweat and even complaining of hot and humid condition inside the auditorium. Disastrous consequences were possible. Then fire extinguisher was sprayed on some unruly audience. Written by Santanu Chowdhury
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June 2, 2022 5:20:37 am

Krishnakumar Kunnath (53), better known as KK, was taken sick while performing at the annual festival of city-based Gurudas College. Many people lost their wallets and mobile phones in the crowd. It must also be ascertained what was the oxygen level inside the venue,” Hazra said in a Facebook post. 🗞 Subscribe Now: Get Express Premium to access our in-depth reporting, explainers and opinions 🗞️
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. KK was so popular that the young crowd went crazy. I didn’t see any help desk or first-aid unit in case of medical emergency.”
Dr Kunal Sarkar, a noted surgeon, said, “The venue was overcrowded and there were some issues with air-conditioning that led to rise in temperature.