Sunny rants at team's delay, securitymen happy!

Guwahati, Nov 3 (UNI) Team India did not do the acclimatisation in Guwahati and chose Kolkata instead but top security officers here are happy that the teams are reaching tomorrow.

Top security officers are happy that the teams are reaching tomorrow. More than security of cricketers, controlling fans is a major problem.

Massive security arrangements have been put in place for the first India-Pakistan ODI on Monday in Guwahati, with additional forces deployed to ensure complete and foolproof security.

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

''We are also taking steps to ensure as far as possible that no anti-social element gives any communal colour to the match,'' he added, referring to the previous incidents of flare ups during India-Pak ties, especially after the recent Twenty20 World Cup final.

He said bursting of firecrackers within one-km radius of the stadium had been banned on the match day so that no tension erupts in the stadium.

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

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


Story first published: Saturday, November 3, 2007, 16:34 [IST]
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