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Security stepped up in Kanpur after terror threat

Intelligence agencies warn police of a possible terror attack on cricketers during the final Test between India and South Africa.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2008 07:19 PM IST

Unprecedented security measures are being taken for the cricket Test match between India and South Africa at Kanpur beginning on Friday after intelligence agencies indicated the possibility of a terrorist attack.

"Security has been beefed up. We are using trained police personnel and manpower, new technology equipments, interceptors and taking other steps to make the Test match safe and secure," Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh told reporters in Lucknow on Wednesday.

"We welcome the spectators to come and enjoy the match without worrying about security," Singh said.

Central intelligence agencies had written to the special cell of Delhi police and the Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday warning them of a possible terror attack on cricketers during the third and final Test of South Africa's India tour.

The two teams reached Kanpur on Tuesday.

Official sources said either a Kashmir-based terrorist group or a pro-Khalistan group from Punjab is behind the threat.

"We are developing intelligence inputs to get to the bottom of this matter," an intelligence official said.

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