HYDERABAD: Eight people who were injured in the stampede outside the Gymkhana ground on Thursday in the rush for tickets, and were hospitalized, had something to cheer up on Saturday. They will be able to watch the T20 match after all.
The state sports ministry assured the eight injured persons that they would receive two tickets for Sunday’s match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in a gesture of self-confession. The sports minister’s office will also escort the guests to the venue in a special bus.
It was clear from what happened on that day, when more than 30,000 fans scrambled for about 3,000 tickets, that they would turn down the offer.
In an interview, Begumpet inspector P Srinivas Rao said, “The sports ministry has decided to offer two special seats to all eight injured individuals.”. He is scheduled to arrive at Ravindra Bharathi at 4 pm to supervise the arrangements. In order to reach Uppal stadium, they will take a special bus from Ravindra Bharathi.
According to Sai Kishore, one of the injured, the Begumpet police station contacted me and said they were arranging two tickets for me for the match. To reach the stadium, we must reach the police station by 3 pm.
A similar call was also received by Ranjeetha, another injured person. A police call came to her daughter Madhavi regarding the tickets. In spite of this, we refused to go as we haven’t fully recovered from the shock. In any case, we are not excited about the match, and we are only grateful that my mother is safe and alive.’