The Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI), opposing the entry of Pakistan cricket team in India, threatened on Friday to dig up the Eden Gardens pitch that will host an India-Pakistan match in the World Twenty20.
The ATFI wrote to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee against hosting the cricket match.
“Hosting the Pakistanis is an insult to all brave soldiers who were martyred in attacks. We have written to the (West Bengal) chief minister urging her not to allow any kind of arrangement, including security for the match,” ATFI national president Viresh Shandilya said in a release.
The ATFI has been opposing the scheduled match until militants behind the Mumbai, Pathankot and the recent Pampore terror attacks are handed over to India by Pakistan.
Shandilya said ATFI activists will be launching agitations across Kolkata, including the Eden Gardens, the team hotels and the airport from March 14 onwards.
“We are determined to prevent this match from happening and for that we are ready to dig up the Eden (Gardens) pitch. We are also seeking the intervention of the Union home ministry so that Pakistan team is not allowed to enter India,” he said.
The organisation had also threatened to dig up the pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala, which was the initial venue for the March 19 India-Pakistan match.
Citing security reasons, the International Cricket Council (ICC) relocated the India-Pakistan group match to Kolkata.
Delighted at the match being shifted to Kolkata, chief minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday, assuring him that the state government would provide adequate security.