Four men have been arrested following large-scale violence during a circle kabaddi tournament in Derby at which gunshots were fired and men were seen fighting with swords, rods and machetes.Four injured people were taken to hospital, one in serious condition.Armed police swarmed Bridle Gate Lane, Alvaston, just before 4 pm local time on Sunday in response to the brawl.Derbyshire police said on Monday that four men aged 24, 28, 30 and 38, had been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and violent disorder and remain in police custody.

Videos circulating on social media showed around 50 masked men brandishing large rods, huge swords, knives and machetes turning up en masse near food stalls serving samosas and pakoras. They then started fighting with other men. Another video shows a group of around six men surrounding a man on the ground and repeatedly hacking at him with huge swords and knives while he lies helpless, covered in blood and screaming for help. He had reportedly been first shot. Another shows hundreds of people fleeing through a car park as gunshots are fired and men race around with knives and swords.Yellow Khalistan flags could be seen on flag poles at the event. The tournament was organised by the England Kabaddi Federation UK (EKF), which describes itself as “the official governing body of kabaddi in the UK as recognized by the Home Office”. Sixteen UK kabaddi clubs are affiliated with it. The violence happened during its summer tournament of 12 fixtures, the next fixture of which is in Southall on August 27.A statement on behalf of EKF from its general secretary, Surinder Singh Manak, said the individuals involved did not get past the crowd barriers protecting the pitch. “While it was a horrific and terrifying incident no bystander (player, official or spectator) was in any way attacked or involved. Initial unconfirmed enquiries indicate that it was a pre-arranged fight between rival gangs based in Midlands,” Manak said. “EKF wishes to emphasise that the gangs in question do not have any links or connections with any EKF affiliated club or its members,” Manak added.Kulvinder Singh, vice-president, Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara Kabaddi Club, Derby, which co-organised the tournament with EKF, told TOI: “It was an amazing day for the teams, sponsors, supporters and real fans of kabaddi. Spoilt by mindless individuals that ruined everything we stand for. I can only apologise to the great spectators… I can only hope the police use every means possible to bring these evil criminals to justice.”Professional kabaddi player Manga Mithapuria Powar wrote on Facebook: “Once again another kabaddi tournament in Derby has been ruined! This appalling behaviour is not acceptable. If this kind of behaviour continues then our mother game is over.”

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