Mumbai: Eight students were severely injured in a stampede-like situation at a college festival that was organised at the Jashoda Rang Mandir, next to Mithibai College, Vile Parle. The students were immediately taken to RN Cooper Hospital on Thursday. Meanwhile, the health condition of three of the injured students are critical and they have been placed under intensive care unit.

The 17th edition of the college’s BMS department festival, Colosseum had arranged for a performance by rappers at Gully Gang’s on Thursday. The rapper Vivian Fernandes (stage name Divine), who is part of the Gully Gang was present at the event to perform a show. While the capacity of the hall was around 3,000 to 4,000, over 10,000 invitations were sold, claimed a student.

The event began at 8 PM on Thursday. At around 9 PM, outsiders forcibly entered the venue though extra passes were not given and the crowd turned unruly, a spokesperson of the organising committee told Times of India. The ruckus created by the crowd to see the celebrity’s performance led to a break in the gate, injuring students, stated the BMC disaster management officials. Police investigation suggested that the students might have suffocated due to overcrowding.

Senior police inspector Pandharinath Wavhal of Juhu police station told Times of India, “Neighbourhood youths began scaling walls to enter the venue after they learnt that popular rapper Divine was performing there. Divine’s act was halted midway.” An eyewitness reportedly said that the students were injured in the incident and they left the hall with bruises and lacerations. He added that despite the closure of the doors of the venue, people kept trying entering the hall.

College principal Rajpal Hande had no other option but to cancel the event midway. He added that none of the college students was injured in the incident.