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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Metallica: Organizers Arrested For Cheating After Concert In Gurgaon Is Canceled (7 Videos)

According to NDTV, the organizers of Metallica's concerts in India have been arrested after the band's show scheduled for Friday evening in Gurgaon (a suburb of Delhi) was canceled. The operational head of DNA Entertainment Network, Rajesh Chandwani, and his team members - Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio - were charged with cheating people and breach of trust under section 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code, Station House Officer Jagdish Prasad said. 

The police allege that the organizers oversold Friday's concert beyond its 25,000 capacity at the Leisure Valley Park in Gurgaon's Sector 29 and that the authorities were never informed before the cancelation was announced. 

The organizers have said all ticket holders will be refunded. They said full-page advertisements on refunds will be put out in the next 24 hours explaining all the details.
"As soon as the organizers announced that the show has been postponed, the crowd went berserk... people started pushing each other, broke barricades, started shouting and throwing water bottles," Pankaj Kaushik, who waited for three hours for the show to begin, told The Economic Times. 

The announcement of the concert's postponement was met with anger, apparently in part because the four members of Metallica were taking part in a press conference at the time (see video below). Fans rushed the stage, damaged equipment and some even attempted to set fire to banners. Most of the fans, however, stayed calm and exited the venue when asked.

A number of fans - including Kapel Vahi and John Thangaraj - were reportedly sent confirmation emails stating that tickets would be delivered to them by October 25th which did not happen. Thangaraj told Mumbai Mirror, "Kapel and I bought our tickets on October 14th. The company reverted with a confirmation email. According to the email, we were supposed to receive our tickets latest by October 25th. After the deadline, we mailed, called all the numbers listed on the website. We did not get any reply. We then read on the web site that if we did not receive the tickets, we could pick them up at the venue."

According to The Times Of India, Vahi, who flew down from Mumbai for the concert, waited in line at the ticket counter with Thangaraj for two hours, only to be told that his tickets had been dispatched to his home address. Thangaraj said, "We spoke to a man, who said his name wasRajesh and that he was the owner of DNA Network. When we told him about what had happened and that we would take legal action, he called us frauds and threatened to have us arrested."

Metallica is scheduled to perform in the southern Indian city of Bangalore on Sunday.

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