VVIPS for final, a security nightmare for police
President Pratibha Patil’s arrival in the city on Friday and Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s arrival with his entourage on Saturday morning to watch the World Cup final has added to the task of the Mumbai police, who are already working overtime.mumbai Updated: Apr 01, 2011 02:43 IST
President Pratibha Patil’s arrival in the city on Friday and Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s arrival with his entourage on Saturday morning to watch the World Cup final has added to the task of the Mumbai police, who are already working overtime.
Police commissioner Arup Patnaik said: “We are doing the needful in collaboration with central agencies and forces. Every possible security concern is being taken care of.”
Massive traffic arrangements have been made on the Western Express Highway and on corresponding route(s) leading to the stadium.
All routes leading to the stadium are likely to be cordoned off during the passage of the entourage.
Bangladesh prime minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed is likely to come for the match too. Police will have to make last-minute arrangements when her arrival is confirmed.
While security for Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who will be cheering for the Indian team, has been arranged, there is no confirmation on the rest of his family attending the final at Wankhede stadium.
The places where dignitaries will be put up have been sanitised and anti-sabotage machinery has been installed.
Armoured personnel carriers, along with elite commandos units such as the National Security Guard (NSG), Force One and Quick Response Team, have already taken posts outside these places, and also outside the Taj hotel where the players and their contingent are put up.
The police have called a large number officers of the rank of inspector general of police from across the state and more than 500 police officers have also been roped in to strengthen security arrangements for the World Cup final.
Patnaik added that the Rapid Action Force has contributed five companies, while 290 personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force have been deployed for security.
The NSG, too, has dispatched several detaches.