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Will ensure IPL venues are safe: Jayant Patil

Security in the city is likely to be stepped up further in the wake of Tuesday’s attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Pakistan.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
March 4, 2009 1:13:56 am

Security in the city is likely to be stepped up further in the wake of Tuesday’s attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Pakistan.

Although there is a likelihood of the IPL matches not kicking off as scheduled,police were also getting ready to provide security for the matches. Home Minister Jayant Patil said,“We make sure there is enough security where cricket matches are held and places of stay (of players and officials). Even this time,enough measures will be taken at IPL venues.” 

Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor said elaborate security measures will be in place for the upcoming elections and the IPL matches. “Post 26/11,we have stepped up security in the city. With the elections and IPL due next month,we will be evaluating the kind of security to be deployed.”

Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Ramrao Wagh said. “There is a possibility of two matches in Navi Mumbai stadium. We are yet to receive a formal confirmation,” he said. 

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“We have begun intelligence gathering and chalking out plans for deployment of personnel. Last year,for the IPL final,1,500 personnel and 125 officers were deployed. At present,we do not have any plan to increase deployment. We will be consulting the Mumbai police in this regard,” said Wagh.

The DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai had hosted the two semi finals and the final of the first IPL season. 

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