WC 2003 - Security beefed up at Indian skipper's residence

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2003, 7:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Security was beefed up in and around Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly's residence as his team went down to Australia in the World Cup final at Johannesburg on Sunday.

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The lane leading to the palatial building was closed to commoners, as 50 armed policemen stood guard around the residence. Though scribes were allowed near the residence, Ganguly's family members preferred to remain indoors, as a sombre mood prevailed in the locality.Additional Superintendent of police (South 24 Parganas - Industrial) Rajesh Kumar Singh told reporters that the police did not want to take chances in view of the instances of attack on cricketers' residences in different parts of the country in the earlier stage of the Cup following poor performance of the side.

Polices sources said other than the 50 policemen outside, commandoes continued to be deployed inside the house since the reported threat by a Kashmiri militant group to kidnap Ganguly."Cricket is a game which involves high emotions. So even in the event of a win a large number of fans could have gathered here. Now that India has lost disappointed supporters may come here. We won't allow any breach of security and peace of the family members," Singh said. He said the heightened security would remain till Ganguly returned from South Africa.

Streets of Kydgunj in Allhabad, the area where young turk Mohammed Kaif lives, wore a deserted look as India went down to Australia in the World Cup final at the Wanderers in South Africa on Sunday.Kaif's residence remained locked, his family members having gone out, as India's World Cup dreams were being shattered in Johannesburg. PTI

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