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Australia enquires about Saturday's Bangalore blasts

india Updated: Apr 19, 2010 19:41 IST
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Concerned over twin blasts near a stadium in Bangalore before an IPL match, Australia, one of the major participants in the Commonwealth Games, has enquired about the explosions and the kind of security provided there.

Australian security officials called up their counterparts here and wanted to know details related to Saturday's low-intensity explosions near the Chinnaswamy cricket stadium that left 15 people, including five security-men, injured.

Government sources said Indian officials assured the Australian security top brass that there should be no reason for concern and foolproof security will be provided to all participating sports-persons in Commonwealth Games.

Australia is expected to send a large contingent to the fortnight-long sporting extravaganza to be held in the national capital between October 3 and 14.

The Home Ministry has given highest priority to the security of the Commonwealth Games, sources said.

A three-tier security ring will be thrown in each of the 13 competition venues for the Games and special attention is being given to prevent "Lahore-type" attacks on the athletes who will be taken from the Games Village to the venues in dedicated lanes with helicopters providing air surveillance.

Militants had attacked Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore during their tour of Pakistan on March 3, 2009.

To ensure fleet security, each of the 574 vehicles used for ferrying athletes across the city will have to undergo a mandatory anti-sabotage clearance every morning before athletes board it.

Around 9,000 athletes from 71 countries besides 100,000 international spectators are expected to participate in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.