The police seem to be giving a very stern message to any miscreants before the first of the four IPL matches to be played at the D. Y. Patil stadium from Wednesday, going by the intense security measures that have been taken in Nerul on Tuesday.
While the stadium has been hosting IPL matches for the last 3 years, the security this time is unprecedented in terms of the personnel number and the security measures taken.
The stadium was sealed at 2 pm with entry restricted to valid photo identity holders only.
Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol briefed hundreds of police officers and security personnel gathered at the stadium on Tuesday morning.
Pol said, "We conducted a complete rehearsal of our operations in the morning. The Bomb Disposal Squad, sniffer dogs and State Reserve Police are already on the job scanning each and every area. Officers and personnel of the State Intelligence Department (SID) and the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) are involved in parallel security arrangements." Commandos of the Quick Response Team too were in place looking after the players' security.
While the stadium complex was buzzing with security personnel inside, the scene outside was not very different. Pol said,
"We have personnel on all gates repeatedly frisking even valid identity card holders. Everyone is frisked at least three times."
Speaking of an additional safety measures, Pol said, "Parking zones have been designated at some distance from the stadium. Our personnel will be checking every vehicle parked in the zone.”
Denying that routine police work has been disturbed in the city, Pol said, “The requisite staff required for police stations are in place. No work will suffer."