Mohali, September 22, 2023: As per media reports, Punjab Police denied entry to the IS Bindra PCA stadium to a number of people, including women, who were wearing black outfits.
If braving the scorching heat was not enough for spectators coming to watch the India-Australia match, the restrictions put by the Punjab Police made them feel the real heat today.
According to the news published in The Tribune, the fans were excited with the comeback of the international cricket here, but, for many, it turned out to be a sour experience. A number of people, including women, who were wearing black outfits, were denied entry to the stadium by the police. They were asked to buy shirts of other colours on the spot and wear it if they wished to get entry. While the male spectators changed their shirts on the spot, the female fans kept wandering around to find a suitable place to change their clothes. Not only black outfits but the police also objected to black caps and dupattas.
There were no instructions with regard to avoiding wearing or carrying black clothes mentioned on the ticket. “They (police) asked us to buy a T-shirt from a vendor. After changing, I kept looking for a place to secure my black attire. It should have been mentioned in the instructions to avoid any confusion at the eleventh hour,” said Raj, from Rajasthan.
While the spectators with black outfits were not allowed entry, security personnel inside the stadium were in full black uniform. “I was asked to come back after changing my black T-shirt. I went to a hotel and changed my dress. At the entrance, the police didn‘t let me carry my black dress inside. I requested an ice cream vendor to keep it for me. I am not sure if I will get it back,” said Mayuri, a young spectator.
“I had brought a cap but had to leave it outside. There’s no chance I will get it back,” added Rajkumar, another spectator. The fans were also not allowed to carry placards, handwritten charts and even small banners inside the stadium.
While there were instructions not to carry flag sticks inside the stadium, some police personnel stopped spectators from carrying national flags inside too.