Snipers, fighters, guns....It's not war, but a cricket match

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Indian Air Force
Chandigarh, Mar 28: The emotions are high and the frenzy is at an all-time high before the semi-final match of the Cricket World Cup between India and Pakistan. Touted as the match of titans, there is a hysterical excitement in and around Mohali where the match is scheduled to be held on wednesday, Mar 30.

With the looming threat of a possible terrorist attack, Indian security forces are turning no stone unturned to turn Mohali into a fortress of security. The quaint little town of Mohali in Chandigarh, Punjab will now look like a high security barrack complete with anti-aircraft guns and the likes. The security will escalate further considering the fact the the premiers of both India and Pakistan will witness the much-anticipated game.

A no-fly zone has been declared in the area with security rendered by multiple agencies like Special Protection Group (SPG), National Security Guard (NSG), and the Central and state police forces. The National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) has also been put to work, which collects specialized technical intelligence and operates under the National Security Adviser.

A blanket of security will be provided by Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters and fighter jets that will provide aerial surveillance and will be on virtual standby in case of emergency. NTRO has deployed unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) capable of shooting down aggressors in cases of any exigencies. Special contingents of SPG and NSG have already been stationed and will lead the security on ground.

The stadium itself will be under the command of Central agencies during Mar 29 and 30, with the internal security within the facility in the hands of the SPG. The Pakistani counterparts will provide security in coordination with the SPG. Snipers are deployed on top of high-rise buildings including the Taj where the players are staying.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Monday, March 28, 2011, 11:15 [IST]
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