Security beefed up for Wednesday's match
Regretting the team's 'manhandling' incident, the OCA has upgraded security in Cuttack.india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 13:20 IST
The Orissa Cricket Association condemned cricket team coach Greg Chappell's manhandling at the airport in Bhubaneswar and said security was being upgraded to prevent a further breach of peace during the stay of the teams in Cuttack for Wednesday's India-West Indies ODI.
"We condemn the incident in unequivocal terms," said OCA Joint Secretary Satya Mohanty.
He said senior OCA officials including its President Ranjib Kumar Biswal got in touch with Chappell and expressed regret over the incident.
After BCCI issued a directive to the OCA for stricter security measures, Mohanty said securing was being upgraded for the match.
"We are strengthening security," he said.
The number of policemen deployed inside and in the neighbourhood of the Barabati stadium as also the team hotel is being increased.
A tighter security cordon is likely to be thrown around the teams whenever they move in and out of the hotel and the stadium before and after nets and the match, while the number of policemen lining the travel route would also go up.
"We won't allow anybody to come near the players," a senior police official said.
Mohanty said Chappell was pushed and not slapped by the fan, who claimed to be an activist of the Kalinga Sena.
"Our men present at the spot said Chappell was pushed from behind," Mohanty told PTI.
The man, who was later arrested by the police, said that he was protesting against the non-inclusion of Orissa players in the Indian team.