A stampede-like situation emerged outside the Eden Gardens here as fans of the Indian Premier League champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, climbed over police barricades to gain entry into the stadium for the team's felicitation ceremony.
Though entry was made free, passes distributed were much less than the number of fans who came to attend the function. This resulted in chaos with fans breaking through the barriers and running wildly through them, bypassing the police cover to clinch a seat in the stadium.
Several women and children were injured or left behind in the rush.
The police had to resort to a mild lathi-charge to control the crowd as mounted personnel and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) struggled to control the mob-like situation.
Thousands, including men, women and children, waited to enter the stadium as the clock inched past the scheduled start time of 1 pm.
Meanwhile, the cultural events began inside the Eden Gardens as lucky fans, who got in early, eagerly awaited the arrival of the Knights' owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla.
SRK tweeted earlier: "Sorry Kolkata, technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there. Apologies."
Live renditions of popular songs from Shah Rukh's films including Aaj Ki Raat from Don and Chance Pe Dance from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi added to the frenzy. The team's anthem Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re could be heard amid the din.