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Aborted Metallica concert organizers arrested in India

Police said Sunday they arrested the organizers of a Metallica concert in India that erupted into violence after the event was canceled at the last minute.

Four executives from DNA Entertainment Network, an event management company that brought the band to India for the first time, were arrested in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, on suspicion of cheating people and breach of trust.

The gig planned for Friday night had been timed to coincide with India’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, but was canceled by the band due to “security concerns” just as they were due to appear on stage. The no-show angered fans, many of whom had waited for hours in the venue, and a small minority raided the stage and smashed equipment.

“We registered a police complaint against the organizers of the show. They have been arrested on charges of cheating people and breach of trust,” senior police officer Alok Mittal told AFP. Mittal said a resident of Gurgaon had filed a police case after the company refused to refund the ticket money.

Thousands of fans who had gathered to attend the show demanded immediate refunds from the company.

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