Victory Parade at Eden: IPL champions felicitated

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Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:51 [IST]
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KKR heroes felicitated at Eden Gardens

Kolkata, May 29: Kolkata Knight Riders received a rousing reception in the city as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated the cricketing heroes at Writers Building in Kolkata after winning their first IPL title.

The programme which is being held at the historic Eden Gardens - was open to the public to watch the one-hour function free of cost. Following the civic reception at the Eden, the party began the 5-km road show at 11 am on Tuesday starting from Hazra Crossing in the south of the city.

The victory parade which started from the Hazra Crossing in the south of the city, has moved to the historic stadium Eden Gardens where 60,000 fans are awaiting to get a glimpse of their heroes who won the IPL trophy on Sunday after defeating the defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets.

The city seemed to be overwhelmed with joy as they enjoyed every moment of the event, as the champions celebrated their maiden title win with open bus parade in the city. Amidst chaos, Mamata Banerjee addressed the gathering after felicitating the heroes and calmed the crowd before playing the national anthem which was followed by a victory lap around Eden Gardens.

While KKR team owner Shahrukh Khan and the skipper Gautam Gambhir thanked the government for such an initiative and credited the win to the fans for their support throughout the season.

Earlier on Monday night, Gambhir's three words in Bengali won the hearts of the fans who had come to welcome the fans as he said "ami Kolkatar chhele" (I am son of the city). 

"Thank you very much for your support," Gambhir added as the crowd danced to the drum beats when the team members arrived around 10.30pm last night. 

Meanwhile, KKR fans IPL celebrations turned ugly as police resorted to lathicharge outside the Eden Gardens. Thousands of fans were gathered outside the stadium to witness Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee felicitate the IPL 5 champions.

A mini stampede outside the stadium caused injuries to several people after fans broke through the barricades.


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