Security beefed up for Indo-Pak Veterans tie

Published: Wednesday, December 24, 2003, 2:09 [IST]
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Agra: A tight security arrangement has been put in place for Wednesday's Indo-Pak veterans' cricket match in the wake of threats by Shiv Sena to disrupt the game.

Shiv Sainiks who had on December 18 dug up the pitch at the Eklavya Stadium claimed that a large number of their cadres from various parts of the country were in the city to disrupt the match, third and final of the Goodwill Series.

Players arrived in the city on Tuesday afternoon and checked into a hotel. The foggy weather meant there was no practice and the touring Pakistan cricketers made use of the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal as a posse of policemen kept a strict vigil.

"Since national prestige is involved in the hosting of this match, one company of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) comprising 300 constables and a number of magistrates will ensure that law and order is maintained," Ashutosh Panday, Senior Superintendent of Police, said.

Anti-explosive devices, sniffer dogs, metal detectors would be used as part of the security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident during the match.

"A two-tier security system has been placed both inside and outside the stadium. Plain clothes policemen will mingle with spectators to keep a watch on those who might try to disrupt the event," Panday said.

Policemen would also be deployed on roofs of high rise buildings.

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