Was Kolkata's Nazrul Manch a death trap for singer KK?

BJP and the Congress alleged possible mismanagement at the concert

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Wednesday, June 01, 2022, 11:49 PM IST
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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee looks on as police personnel carry the mortal remains of Bollywood playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, during a ceremony to pay tribute to KK, at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata, Wednesday, June 1, 2022. | PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)

Kolkata: The preliminary autopsy report of the deceased singer, Krishnakumar Kunnath (53) -- popularly known as KK -- has revealed that there was no ‘unnatural cause’ behind his death. The report also says that the singer had a heart problem. The main autopsy report is waited.

A detective and forensic team visited the five-star hotel where the singer collapsed before he was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday night.

According to KK’s manager, the singer was feeling uncomfortable while performing. He had even taken a 10- minute break, following which he had resumed the live performance.

After the show, he had complained that he was feeling cold and the air conditioner in the car was turned off. ‘‘On reaching the hotel when I opened the door he collapsed,” said Bhatt, adding that the last rites will take place at Versova crematorium on Thursday morning.

According to several spectators, KK was feeling uncomfortable since the beginning of the show; he was sweating profusely and frequently drinking water.

Several questions been raised about the security of Nazrul Manch with spectators complaining of mismanagement, even as Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim claimed to the contrary.

Some people are blaming the Gurudas college authority, which had invited KK for the event, as well as the management of Nazrul Manch.

“I was in the audience. The seating capacity of the stadium is around 2700 but there were over 7000 spectators and the management didn’t do anything to stop them. Some even climbed the boundary wall to catch a glimpse of KK,” said Trina Banerjee, who was present during the performance.

She also claimed that the air-conditioner was malfunctioning.

“All the gates of the stadium had to be opened and one of the gates was damaged by the surging crowd. Also, there were several people in the aisle and KK was finding it difficult to even move on the stage,” Trina adds.

Another audience member said that while performing KK was feeling ‘uncomfortable’ due to the heat and instructed that the spotlights and lights be turned off.

According to celebrity manager Bijit Dey, KK didn’t complain of uneasiness and it was the job of the students of Gurudas College to manage the crowd.

An unnatural death case has been filed at New Market police station.

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