Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Security beefed up for the Rawalpindi ODI

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Rawalpindi:Security has been beefed up in and around the Rawalpindi cricket stadium, the venue for the second One-day International match between India and Pakistan, in view of the bomb scare in Karachi.

Fool-proof security arrangements have been made for the day-night encounter between the traditional rivals and the police are in a state of alert in view of the incident in Karachi.

Police defused a 750 litre liquid bomb kept in a van parked outside the US consulate in Karachi, barely two days after the opening match of the One-day series was held.

Vehicular traffic on the approach road to the Rawalpindi stadium had been blocked and only the vehicles carrying the parking sticker issued by Pakistan Cricket Board were allowed to enter the stadium.

Gun-totting security personnel manned all the entry points to the stadium, thoroughly checking the visitors. A control room has also been set up to monitor the security during the match. Security men as well as police officials in plain clothes will also be deployed inside the stadium to ensure smooth conduct of the match.

Sports journalists covering the tour were allowed inside the ground but only after their bags and laptops were checked. Even after making their way into the stadium, the scribes had to undergo another round of checking to enter the conference hall for the pre-match press briefing of Pakistan coach Javed Miandad and Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid.

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