Angry fans of Kannada actor Yash reportedly went on a rampage in Surapura in Yadagiri district, after the star arrived hours late for a dialogue with farmers.
According to local media reports, the event, held on the premises of the Venugopalaswamy Temple was scheduled to begin at 2pm. However, the actor arrived at only 9pm for the event, and left the event after spending just a few minutes.
Angered at having been made to wait for hours for just a few minutes’ worth of interaction, some of the locals went on a rampage and destroyed plastic chairs that had been arranged for the event. Police had to eventually resort to a mild lathicharge to control the crowd, reported TV9 Kannada.
Speaking to TV9, Yash said that he was delayed for the event, as he was greeted by numerous groups of fans along the way, who insisted on meeting him and garlanding him and bursting fireworks in his honour. “So, it was taking two to three hours to even travel 20 or 30 kilometres. So the programmes were getting delayed at every town.”
The actor’s car windshield was also broken, but Yash said that the damage wasn’t done by his fans in Yadagiri. He said that the glass had broken before the event. Fans gathered by the roadside, in their enthusiasm to meet him and shake his hand, had climbed onto the vehicle, and had also beat against the glass to attract his attention, and in the process the windshield broke, he said.
He added that with a massive number of fans gathered, and crowd-control becoming difficult, he had spoken to them for five minutes and left the venue.
Yash also said that in Raichur, where the programme was scheduled to begin at 4pm finally began at 11pm, but the fans had patiently waited for him.