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Cells to be tapped ahead of Kanpur tie

Published: Saturday, December 9, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lucknow: A sophisticated electronic surveillance net has been spread in Kanpur as part of stringent security measures to crack down on bookmakers and prevent match- fixing at the India-Zimbabwe One-day match on Monday, a police official has said. "We will maintain strict vigil in and around the match venue through a call-scan system that has been installed in Kanpur," Mr Arun Kumar, a senior official with the Special Task Force (STF) told IANS. The call-scan system will tap all mobile phone conversations in and around the Green Park Stadium over the next three days. "This will allow us to trace any call aimed at betting or match-fixing," Mr Kumar said. He, however, declined to give details of the operation. "We cannot divulge our trade secret," he said. Police officials said entry on the day of the match would be strictly regulated and spectators would have to go through metal-detectors. A special dog squad has also been pressed into service to look for explosives in and around the stadium. Kumar said the police had decided to go in for an intensive check in view of the recent unearthing of a betting and match-fixing racket involving traders and businessmen of Lucknow as well as Kanpur. The STF had arrested 20 bookies in a swoop last month. Six of them managed to get bail but the rest are still behind bars. STF sleuths suspect that those in jail could try to remain active using mobile phones. The call-scan network will also cover Kanpur's leading hotel Landmark, where the two teams will be lodged. It was in this hotel that former South African captain Hansie Cronje met bookies during South Africa's visit to India. The STF has begun screening the hotel's guest list and entry of non-residents will be completely banned, an official said. The police are also keeping an eye on other hotels known for shady activities. Security in Kanpur was tightened following a series of bomb blasts some time ago. The Green Park Stadium was declared "out of bounds" for a number of days. India Abroad News Service

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