The I-League 2019-20 trophy was handed over to the champions Mohun Bagan in Kolkata on Sunday.
Shared News: Updated: October 19, 2020 9:23:59 am
Many fans were even seen without the mandatory masks as they danced on the streets. (MohunBagan/Twitter)
The I-League 2019-20 trophy was handed over to the champions Mohun Bagan in Kolkata on Sunday. The Mariners, who had clinched the trophy with four rounds to spare on March 10, had to wait for seven months as celebrations were put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic that ended the season abruptly.
Keeping the social-distancing protocols in mind, Mohun Bagan, who have now joined the Indian Super League (ISL), organised a small ceremony at a five-star hotel in presence of selected invitees.
However, what followed was ‘mad scenes’ on the streets when the trophy was taken out in an open vehicle in their victory procession as thousands of fans celebrated the triumph, paying little heed to the health guidelines.
Many fans were even seen without the mandatory masks as they danced on the streets, waving green-and-maroon colours when the I-League trophy made its way to the club tent, traversing through important landmarks of EM Bypass, Shambazar, Girish Park and Dharmatala.
This is that famous festive football frenzy of Kolkata I like the most about!
Heartiest congratulations to @Mohun_Bagan for becoming @ILeagueOfficial Champions.
My best wishes for the upcoming @IndSuperLeague season as @atkmohunbaganfc https://t.co/oQaHgVQRYy
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 18, 2020
— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) October 18, 2020
Crazy scenes at Kolkata on the ocassion of Mohun Bagan's I League winning celebration.
— Indian Football Team for World Cup (@IFTWC) October 18, 2020
— Sandip Karmakar (@Sndpkarmakar) October 18, 2020
When Mohun Bagan general secretary Srinjoy Bose spoke to PTI and said that he was “concerned” but was ‘helpless’ to stop the passionate fans.
Earlier, a traditional flag hoisting ceremony was observed on Sunday morning. Later in the evening, the iconic Howrah Bridge was illuminated with traditional green and maroon colours to celebrate Mohun Bagan’s triumph.
The COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal went past the 6,000-mark on Sunday with 64 more fatalities, even as a record number of 3,983 fresh cases pushed the tally to 3,21,036, the health department said.
A total of 6,056 people have succumbed to the virus so
far in the state, it said in a bulletin.
(With PTI inputs)