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Mumbai cops smarten up for WC

mumbai Updated: Mar 22, 2011 20:56 IST

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With the ICC Cricket World Cup final just around the corner, Mumbai police are raring to present a "fit, polite and clean" image of the force as the city gets ready to play host to the event.

As the event is expected to draw foreigners and dignitaries in large numbers, Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, in his last meeting with police officers, gave specific instructions to maintain "a clean image" of the force, said officials.

Patnaik said that he wanted to use the event as an opportunity to present his force, deployed in and around the Wankhede stadium, where the final will be held, in a "correct manner."

In the wake of a terror threat looming over the final, Patnaik himself has been reviewing the security arrangements, said an IPS officer.

"He (Patnaik) is showing personal interest in each and every aspect of security for the ground. During a meeting, he told that fit, polite and clean looking cops should be deployed in and around the ground. The close areas of the ground will also find neatly dressed and clean shaved cops," the officer added.

The stadium has already witnessed two matches between New Zealand and Canada and the former against Sri Lanka on March 13 and 18 here respectively. The final will be played here on April 2.

Among the 1,500 policemen to be deployed at the ground, the Commissioner has strictly prohibited overweight and tobacco-chewing policemen from doing duty at the match venue.

Following intelligence inputs that terror elements may park explosive-laden vehicles near the ground, spectators have been directed to park their vehicles either near Inox mall, Nariman point area or near Azad Maidan, areas located at least one kilometre away from the ground.

"As we want to put our force's image in a correct manner before the world, we have chosen good chaps from the traffic department to guide spectators as parking will not be allowed anywhere near the ground," an IPS officer in the traffic department said.

Patnaik was unavailable for comment.