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Special nets at IPCL stadium

With crowd trouble affecting three of the four one-dayers between India and West Indies, police has taken stringent steps to prevent trouble during the fifth match on Monday.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2002 22:22 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

With crowd trouble affecting three of the four one-day internationals between India and West Indies, police has taken stringent steps to prevent spectators from throwing objects on the ground and check illegal entry of fans in the stadium for the fifth match here on Monday.

Special nets would be installed at the stadium to prevent objects from landing on the field during the match, city police commissioner D D Tuteja told PTI today.

There were disturbances by a section of the crowd during the matches at Rajkot, Nagpur and Jamshedpur.

Tuteja said police have also installed low intensity electricity wires around a small area of the stadium adjacent to nearby Undera village to check illegal entry into the stadium, as fans in the past had tried to gain entry into the stadium.

When asked if installation of wires could prove fatal, Tuteja said prior announcements have been made in this regard and the wires will carry low intensity current.

The BCCI has asked the staging centres to take all possible precautionary measures to avoid crowd trouble.

The International Cricket Council's threat to withdraw international status from venues which fail to meet security guidelines has put the Board under more pressure.

The Baroda Cricket Association will deploy 300 security personnel at the gates, BCA secretary Kiran More told PTI, adding, security of both the players and the spectators was of paramount importance to the organisers.

Policemen and women in plain clothes at the stadium will check mischievous elements, Tuteja said, adding, police personnel would also be present at the boundary line facing the crowd.

To enter the stadium the spectators will have to pass through metal detectors installed at 11 gates. After first check they will again be subjected to metal detectors before being allowed inside, Tuteja said.

Close circuit TVs have been installed for monitoring and volunteers, with special badges, will look for trouble makers.

The BCA secretary Samarjeetsingh Gaekwad said that fans will not be allowed to carry anything inside the stadium.

Strict security arrangements have been made at the hotel where both the teams are staying and visitors record was also being maintained.

For the first time, BCA has taken additional insurance cover of Rs 1.90 crore for the match and has taken out a comprehensive policy, covering rioting and terrorist attack and any natural calamity.

First Published: Nov 16, 2002 20:10 IST