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Over 60 Injured As Gallery Of Football Stadium Collapses In Kerala’s Malappuram

Police said the incident was reported from Poongodu, a football crazy village near Wandoor and Kalikavu, where a seves football match was being played.

The accident took place before the start of the final match between United FC Nellikuth and Royal Travel Kozhikode. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Over 60 people are feared to be injured after the makeshift gallery of a football stadium collapsed near Wandoor in this north Kerala district late Saturday evening, police said.

The Kalikavu police have registered a case against the organizers of the football tournament. The group of young people who organized the tournament by a group of were not expecting such a big crowd.

Speaking to India Ahead the Police Inspecter of Kallikavu Police Station, Malappuram who was the official in charge of the football match informed that a case has been registered against the members of the organising committee under sections 337, 338 and 308 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). At least 225 people have sustained injuries and no serious casualties have been reported so far.

Police said the incident was reported from Poongodu, a football crazy village near Wandoor and Kalikavu, where a sevens football match was being played. All the injured person have been taken to nearby hospitals. None of them are said to be serious, they said.

There were no security arrangements on the ground to control the crowd. As it was a holiday, about 6,000 people came to the ground to watch the football match.

The accident took place before the start of the final match between United FC Nellikuth and Royal Travel Kozhikode.

The gallery that collapsed was on the east side of the ground and the temporary flood light stand attached to the gallery also collapsed with it. Most people got injured due to the floodlights that fell on them.

Police said the incident occurred at around 9 PM when the sevens final match between two local teams was being played. “The injured have been admitted to the nearby hospitals,” police said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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