No threat to India-Pak ODI in Guwahati; foolproof security in place

Guwahati, Nov 2 (UNI) Massive security arrangements have been made for the India-Pakistan ODI here on Monday, with additional forces deployed to ensure complete and foolproof security.

''There is no specific security threat to any player as of now, as per the Intelligence reports. But we are not leaving anything to chance,'' said Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner (DC) Avinash Joshi.

He, however, refused to comment on an advertisement in local newspapers by the Assam Cricket Association (ACA), seeking support and cooperation of the banned ULFA outfit among others, for smooth conduct of the game. '' The ACA is an independent body and I cannot comment on it. But we have no threat from the ULFA or any other organisation,'' Mr Joshi said.

He said all routes to be used by the players and the area near the stadium and hotels have been sanitized.

'' We are also taking steps to ensure that no anti-social element can give any communal colour to the match,'' he added, referring to the previous incidents of communal flareups during Indo-Pak ties, especially after the recent Twenty-20 World Cup final. He said bursting of firecrackers within one-km radius of the stadium has been banned on the match day so that no tension erupts in the stadium.

About other security arrangements, city Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Surender Kumar said, '' Seven security zones have been created, including separate for the airport, hotels and stadium.'' He informed that six extra companies, including four from Assam Police and two from CRPF, have been deployed for the cricket match, who will report for duty from today itself.

The hotel floors where the players will be staying will be sealed and the police will give the hotel employees, who will come in direct contact with the players, security pass.


Story first published: Friday, November 2, 2007, 19:08 [IST]
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