The Kangra police on Wednesday said adequate security arrangements would be put in place for the upcoming one day international (ODI) match scheduled between India-West Indies at the Dharamsala International Cricket Stadium.
The match is slated for October 17. A strong police force, comprising 1,350 personnel, will be deployed in the town during the event.
“As many as 1,350 police personnel will be deployed in the periphery of Dharamsala town as security and law and order arrangement,” SP Balbir Thakur said, while addressing a press conference here.
“This includes, 19 gazetted officers, 129 non-gazetted officers, 272 head constables, 780 constables, wireless operators and others,” he added.
The force will be deployed in cross sections of the hill town, which has been divided into several sectors and sub-sectors. Adequate arrangements will be made at “the pavilion”-HPCA's five-star residential complex for the players.
“We will be taking some extra measures to ensure safety of the spectators, especially women, as the match is a day-night fixture and will extend late into the night,” Thakur said, adding that very soon a meeting would be held with the HPCA in this regard.
Besides, the police have also asked the HPCA to make its ticketing system foolproof. He told that the district administration and the police had received a request from Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA)-the host organization-regarding the security arrangements for the match.
The matter was taken up with the high officials and the government, after which a meeting was held with the HPCA regarding the preparation for the match.
“The government right from the beginning was intended to host the match and it has been made clear that no charges will be levied for providing security for the match,” Thakur said.
He added that the top cop had also received a letter from the government, in which it was clearly mentioned that no fee would be charged for providing security during any international matches that would be held in future, whether it was ODI, T20 or a test match.
“However, commercial leagues like Indian Premier League (IPL) have not been exempted,” said Thakur. He also refuted the reports of a standoff between the government and the HPCA over the security issue.
“The issue was blown out of proportion in the media reports,” he said. The India- WI ODI will be the second international match at the venue.