The Indian and English teams touched down in Chandigarh on Tuesday for the second Test starting December 19 at Mohali. No sooner the players arrived, a massive security cover was thrown around them, and the team bus ferrying them to hotel was flanked by two police escorts and two vehicles with mounted automatic weapons.
“Such measures have been taken in the past only when the Prime Minister or the President is on a visit to the city,” said Hardeep Singh, SP Security and Traffic. The police officials, deployed on the route from the airport to the team hotel, halted evening rush-hour traffic so that the team buses could move unobstructed. Area up to 500 meters from the Hotel Taj Hotel has been cordoned off, and no one would be allowed in without frisking. A large crowd had gathered in front of the hotel to catch a glimpse of the cricketers, but they were not allowed in and had to return disappointed.
SP Hardeep Singh said England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) security consultant Reg Dickason, who inspected the venues for security arrangements, was satisfied with their arrangements. "A three-tier security arrangement has been made around the hotel and the movement of vehicles into the hotel has been restricted. Besides, over 1,000 police officials have been deployed to man the comprehensive arrangements," he said.