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Shiv Sainiks damage cricket pitch at Mohali

Published: Thursday, February 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mohali:Suspected Shiv Sena activists today caused partial damage to a portion of one of the pitches at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here ahead of the Indo-Pak Test match scheduled to be played next month.

Treasurer of the Punjab Cricket Association G S Walia told PTI that the "damage was minor because the Watch and Ward staff at the stadium managed to nab the miscreants before they could reach the actual pitch".

Police also said some damage has been done to the pitch.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena's Delhi unit President Jai Bhagwan Goyal claimed responsibility for the incident at the Mohali stadium saying it was part of the party's plan not to allow any match to be played in India.

"We will not allow any match to be played till Pakistan stops supporting cross-border terrorism in India", he said.

The Sena leader claimed that six people involved in the incident were arrested.

They included Convener of Sena's Haryana unit Suresh Sharma, Kaithal district President of the party Pradeep Rana, Hissar district Chief Shiv Kumar and senior state leaders Aman Katgar, Rakesh Rana and Sandeep Kumar.

Sena activists had dug the pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium at Delhi in 1999 ahead of the Pakistan team's last visit to India.

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