Despite the terror threat, the World Cup final match at Wankhede Stadium got over on a peaceful note. The Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament will begin from April 8 and in the backdrop of terror threats, the Police are on their toes to maintain safety and security of players at Wankhede Stadium, which will host seven IPL matches.
A Mumbai police crime branch source told the Hindustan Times that before the final match, the police had received inputs from the Central agencies about the presence of a group of 17 suspected terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the city.
The LeT rebels were planning to disrupt the final day-and-night match by sneaking inside the stadium. “The match is over, and it is assumed that they failed in their attempt,” a senior crime branch officer said.
“But since they have not been caught, they may still be present in the city and would try to strike at an opportune time…may be during the IPL matches.”
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, crime, said that the police were aware of the perceived threat and were doing the needful. “Though the scale of deployment during the forthcoming IPL matches would be lesser than what had been accorded to the World Cup final match, it will nevertheless be substantial,” said Roy.