Music Concert cancelled in Bengaluru as law and order problems surface

Bengaluru, Jan 12 (PTI) Amid conflicting claims, French DJ David Guetta’s concert, scheduled here for tonight, has been cancelled with the organisers citing “law and order situation” as a fallout of the molestation incidents but police rejected it, saying permission was denied due to local polls and being approached at the “last moment”.

Guetta was scheduled to headline a special gig called “Guetta4Good in Bengaluru” for a charitable cause, kickstarting his four-city tour from here before moving to Mumbai, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

“Due to the present law & order situation in Bengaluru following the events that transpired around New Year’s Eve, the authorities have recommended against holding the David Guetta concert scheduled today in the city.

“We at Sunburn tried our very best to make it happen but the authorities understandably are not prepared to take any chances. Hence today’s concert unfortunately stands cancelled,” Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn, said in a statement.

However, senior police officials said there was no law and order issue and permission was denied because of elections to Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) for which security needed to be provided. Also, the organisers approached them only on Jan 10, they said.

Incidents of molestation of several women in full public view on New Year’s eve in city’s downtown M G Road-Brigade Road here had triggered a national outrage.

On late December 31 night, several women were allegedly molested and groped and lewd remarks passed by miscreants, despite the presence of 1,500 police personnel to control the unruly New Year revellers.

Guetta’s concert organisers said they hope to reschedule the concert if they get permission from the authorities and the artiste.

But there was no clarity at the moment, they said adding other shows in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad are on as per schedule.

Disputing the version of the organisers, IGP (Central (Range) Seemant Kumar Singh said there is no law and order issue and the police were approached at the last minute.

“There is no law and order issue as you know. We will seek a clarification from the organisers why they have made it a law and order issue,” Singh told reporters.