KHALI’S VISIT ENDED TRADE FAIR IN CHAOS

Ma­jor se­cu­rity lapses sur­faced for the gen­eral pub­lic when celebrity wrestler The Great Khali vis­ited the trade fair

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - MY CITY - Ruchika Garg

Whose re­spon­si­bil­ity is it, any­way? The ques­tion was asked by many af­ter The Great Khali vis­ited the In­dia International Trade Fair (IITF), on its con­clud­ing day. In­vited for a pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­ity at the fair, the pro­fes­sional wrestler vis­ited Hall 18 where international par­tic­i­pants had their dis­plays. And, to see him live, a huge crowd turned up, gathered around the wrestler, fol­lowed him to the stall, and never left him alone for the ap­prox­i­mate 30 minute hour du­ra­tion that he was present for. “I am a huge fan of Khali. I had to jump over the ta­bles to get a selfie with him, but any­thing for Khali,” says Mo­hit Khu­rana, a college goer.

Many like Khu­rana did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to get clicked with the wrestler, which lead to a few get­ting hurt. Kan­ishka Khanna (name changed), a visi­tor, says, “It was mad­den­ing. Kabhi right se dhakka lag raha tha, kabhi left se (I was be­ing pushed from all the sides). I even shouted at some peo­ple for crush­ing me. It was so an­noy­ing to see the po­lice of­fi­cers busy click­ing pic­tures with Khali. Who will en­sure our safety then?”

An­other visi­tor, Mahima Ag­gar­wal, an IT pro­fes­sional, an­grily ques­tioned whose re­spon­si­bil­ity is it to en­sure ev­ery­one’s safety. “Is it the po­lice, the trade fair author­ity or the or­gan­iser of the event who is invit­ing the star? I was pushed down thrice. This has been my worst ex­pe­ri­ence at IITF, ever,” she says.

“If any­one is invit­ing any celeb, they have to give prior in­for­ma­tion. In case of any prob­lem, vis­i­tors can di­rectly reach to Po­lice or CISF,” says San­jay Vashistha, deputy man­ager (PR), ITPO.

Ku­mar Gyanesh, DCP, DSF, Delhi Po­lice, says, “The new re­cruited batch of po­lice per­son­nel of­ten get ex­cited on see­ing celebs. The of­fi­cers on duty shouldn’t have clicked pics with Khali. Also, the or­gan­is­ers in­formed us just the night be­fore; had they told us ear­lier, we would have man­aged the sit­u­a­tion bet­ter.”

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

A huge crowd fol­lowed The Great Khali as he vis­ited Hall 18 on the last day of the trade fair

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

Women trav­el­ling in the new fleet of buses will feel se­cure due to the safety fea­tures in­cor­po­rated in these ve­hi­cles

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