Presence of the Pakistani cricket team in the city, which is set to face New Zealand for their next T20 match at PCA stadium on Tuesday, is resulting in mounting pressure on the local cops to ensure security.
With security pressure escalating on the Ministry of Home Affair’s VIP security wing and on the local police, no stone is being left unturned to ensure maximum security.
The Ministry is in constant touch with the local police since intelligence wings had expressed threat to the Pakistani team here.
Tab on the Pakistanis flying to the city, checking at local hotels and dharamshalas
Even though police could not share the exact footfall of Pakistanis in the city for the match, they are keeping a tab on city hotels and dharamshalas.
“Orders have been issued to check city hotels and dharmshalas . We will ensure that no one is staying in an unauthorised manner to avoid any terror activity,” SSP Chaudhary said.
Security of Sri Lankan team also a concern
Even though focus remains on the security of Pakistani cricket team, officials are also anxious about the security of Sri Lankan team as well. Pertinently, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, Pakistan on March 4, 2009. Six team players were seriously injured and six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.
“The March 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan players in Pakistan had shocked the world. We are keeping a sharp eye on the movement of the players as we do not wish to take any chance with their safety,” said Maneesh Chaudhary, SSP (traffic and security), Chandigarh.
“We have done a special local threat assessment and have made all the security arrangements accordingly. Deputy superintendents of police, area station house officers (SHO) and traffic staff has been deployed to maintain law and order. Players will commute only in bullet proof vehicles amid tight security right from their hotel to the stadium,” he added.
Eight cricket teams in the city
Local police, in co-ordination with the SAS Nagar police authorities, are managing security of eight cricket teams in the city at present - New Zealand men’s and women’s teams, Ireland men’s and women’s teams, Sri Lanka men’s team, Pakistan men’s team, Australia men’s team and West Indies women’s team. Teams are staying in three city hotels including Taj, JW Marriott and The Lalit.