Even the love of the game has not made Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal change his decision to not have Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the city.
Despite having over 70,000 police personnel and being one of the most well-equipped force in the country, Dadwal said Delhi Police could not take any “chances”.
In the same breath, however, he said they would have no problems in handling the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Referring to the Delhi blasts, 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the forthcoming general elections, Dadwal said they have their hands full. On Wednesday, the police chief said that his primary responsibility was towards the safety of the citizens of Delhi.
“The IPL schedule coincides with the general elections. After the Delhi blasts and the recent Mumbai attacks, we are on an all out security alertness. Given the security commitments, we cannot take any chances right now,” he said.
He added that keeping in mind so many variables and after the recent attacks on Sri Lankan players in Lahore, it would not be feasible to hold IPL matches in the city.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 13 had also released a press statement saying Delhi had expressed its inability to provide security during the election period.
But Dadwal seemed confident about handling the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “We are in the process of recruiting 10,000 more police personnel. Five more battalions are being raised and the Central Government will also help us in every way. So, we are confident of providing comprehensive world class security during the games,” he said.
According to the police, around 2,000 police personnel were pressed into service to hold a cricket match.