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Over 4,000 cops to be present at Kabaddi cup opening ceremony

Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, November 29, 2013
First Published: 19:33 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:34 IST(29/11/2013)

With several VVIPs and thousands of people likely to throng the multipurpose sports stadium here on Saturday to witness the gala inauguration ceremony of 4th edition of World Kabaddi Cup, the district police are all geared up to ensure proper security arrangements.

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Besides 14 superintendents of police, 39 deputy superintendents of police and more than 4,000 cops of other ranks will be present to look after the security arrangements of the mega event that will witness performance by Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Punjabi singer Gippy Grewal, Sharry Mann and Miss Pooja. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, other MPs, chief parliamentary secretaries and MLAs are expected to be present at the inauguration ceremony.

The multipurpose sports stadium of Bathinda where the inauguration ceremony will take place has a capacity to accommodate 20,000 spectators with proper seating arrangements. Looking at the past experiences, the authorities are expecting a crowd beyond the capacity of stadium and thousands of people might have to remain outside the stadium. This will be the main cause of concern for the police administration.

To ensure proper traffic management during the event, the district police have issued alternative traffic plan for the day. As per the traffic plan, there would be separate routes for VVIPs and the general public to reach the venue.

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