England tour of India - Cricket: Security men chase Lensmen with valid entry

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2002, 0:28 [IST]
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Kolkata: An unsavoury situation arose when security men and some officials of the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CCFC) tried to herd photographers away from a vantage clicking position at the CCFC grounds, where the England team began its practice session in Kolkata on Saturday.The photographers, who were carrying valid passes issued by the Kolkata police to cover the event, were stopped by security men and a club official who argued that the 'security of the English team would be compromised' if the photographers were allowed their desired position across the boundary.After half an hour's verbal altercation with the photographers and scribes, the officials, however, relented. A stringent security cover was laid out for the English team, which began practising under a mellow winter afternoon Sun. Other than the mandatory frisking and searching for anyone venturing into the practice area, sniffer dogs were brought in to survey practically every inch of the grounds and its surroundings.An unprecedented police bandobast enveloped the area, which assumed the aura of a high security installation more than a humble playground. To ensure foolproof arrangements, Mathew Killbright, the special security officer accompanying the English side, made several inspection rounds of the practice area.Commandos, special branch sleuths and the policemen are providing round-the-clock security to the English team, which arrived One-day International series against India on January 19. PTI

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