Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Indo-Pak: Gujarat to have tight security

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 21:27 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:Several security measures would be put in place at all sensitive parts across Gujarat to prevent any untoward incident during the One-day International cricket match between India and Pakistan to be played at Karachi on Saturday.

Even as people of both communities have held programmes in various parts of the city to display Hindu-Muslim Ekta,' police is taking no chance and a stand-to (alert) situation would come into action from Friday itself, Joint Commissioner of Police (sector 1) P C Thakur said.

Ample security forces, including 17 companies of SRPF and five companies of Border Wing Home Guard, would be deployed at strategic places to ensure that the match day passes off peacefully with the post-match celebrations like bursting of crackers ending on a good note, he said.

Officials would also be keeping a hawk-eye on bookies and have already started a crack-down by making preventive arrests including that of anti-social elements, Thakur said.

In Vadodara city, where sporadic incidents of communal flare up in sensitive localities in recent weeks had prompted officials to take stern action, police would maintain a tight vigil. Several security measures would be set in place to ensure that the match day passes off without any untoward incident, state police control sources said.

In the sensitive Panchamahals district, patrolling would be maintained constantly to prevent miscreants from creating disturbances, B S Jha district superintendent of police said.

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