Sorry you got bashed

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

CAP­TAIN Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni has sym­pa­thised with In­dian fans who were ba­ton-charged by po­lice as they queued for tick­ets to see In­dia’s World Cup clash with South Africa. ‘‘ Po­lice take the ac­tion when they feel it is needed,’’ Dhoni said. ‘‘ To avoid a stam­pede-like sit­u­a­tion, they have to re­sort to lath­icharge ( ba­ton-charge). So to al­ways pro­ject the po­lice as bad is not an ideal thing. But of course ev­ery­body feels bad when fans get beaten up.’’ Ticket-hun­gry fans, des­per­ate to see Satur­day’s match in Nagpur, were ba­ton­charged by po­lice as they queued, wit­nesses said.

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