Kolkata, March 12: After tanks were deployed at cricket stadiums in Bangladesh, Kolkata is keeping a helicopter on standby ahead of Eden Gardens three matches on March 15, 18, 20. The move follows an alert issued by India's Union Home Ministry that terrorists might attack during the ongoing World Cup.
"All necessary arrangements are being made to provide full security during the matches. A helicopter would be kept ready as stand-by to deal with any emergency," Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty told mediapersons at the Dr B C Roy Club House inside Eden Gardens this evening.
The helicopter will be used a reconnaissance facility to ensure that all routes the team buses take remain free from danger and that the commutes unfold without incident.
"There cannot be any compromise with respect to security. Apart from usual measures we are taking special steps for full protection to players and others at the airport, players' hotel, the stadium besides along the airport-hotel-Eden Gardens route," Chakraborty said.
After the Commissioner along with other senior police officials inspected the interiors of the stadium and discussed security arrangements, a whole slew of other measures
have been instituted.
Units of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will be deployed at the venue and at the players' hotel, while only the team bus and a few protected VIP cars will be allowed entry past the club house gates. Plus, spectators will undergo a thorough security check-up at the entrance.