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Motera turns into fortress for 3rd ODI

An elaborate security arrangement has been made for the third One-Day International match between India and the West Indies to be played at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here on Monday.

An elaborate security arrangement has been made for the third One-Day International match between India and the West Indies to be played at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here on Monday.

The stadium has turned into a virtual fortress in view of the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition and Moharram that coincide on December 6,police said.

“Security has been extended to the airport,stadium and the hotel where the players are put up. An extensive checking exercise has begun across the city. We have asked the police to keep a special watch on party plots and farmhouses,” said DGP Chitranjan Singh.

Nearly 1,500 police personnel would be deployed in and around the hotel and the stadium,where Chief Minister Narendra Modi,who is also president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA),is likely to remain present.

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Two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and four of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have already been deployed in the city. As many as 45 commandos would guard the stadium during the match,Singh said. Three groups of Quick Response Teams (QRT) have been deployed along with the traffic police to ensure a smooth travel for the players from hotel to the stadium and vice versa,he added.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been asked to provide overall vigil during the match in and around the city. ATS officials said policemen across the state have been asked to keep an eye on people moving between Ahmedabad and the neighbouring cities.

JCP Ajay Tomar said vehicles and individuals would be screened manually as well as using metal detectors at the entry points and parking lots.

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As many as 600 newly recruited police officers,who recently passed out of the training academy at Karai,have been deployed at the stadium. Around 100 women officers,including SRPF commandos,will also be pressed into service.

While Bomb Disposal Squad and Dog Squad have been put on job to check the stadium,the city police have begun vehicle checking at various public places and set up checkposts on the major road junctions and connecting roads to the highways.

(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 05-12-2011 at 05:52:44 am
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