Match will be played at Eden Gardens asserts Bengal Gov

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Kolkata, Nov 27 (UNI) The West Bengal Government today asserted that the second cricket test match between India and Pakistan would be held as per schedule as a massive security cover greeted players of the sides, who arrived in the city a day after an e-mail threatened to carry out a terror attack.

''Kolkata police are taking all security measures. The match will definitely be played at the Eden Gardens,'' Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray told reporters.

The e-mail, sent to a New Delhi news channel yesterday, said attacks would be carried out during the second Indo-Pakistan test match starting November 30.

The threatening e-mail, sent from the address yes_boss@yahoo.co.in, also hinted that Pakistan's cricketers were the prime targets.

The officials at the TV channel forwarded the e-mail to the Kolkata police headquarters, following which a high-level meeting was called.

City police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said there would be ''foolproof arrangements'' for both teams.

''The teams will be escorted by convoys from their hotels to the stadium, and there will be adequate arrangements everywhere,'' he said.

A heavy security blanket was thrown around the hotel where the teams checked in while policemen with metal detectors and other gadgets were carrying out a strict frisking.

Similar arrangements were also being made in and around the Eden Gardens, police said.

Officials of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) are also confident that the Test will be played peacefully.

''We are yet to receive any communication from the police in this regard. But we are not worried,'' CAB joint secretary Samar Pal said.

UNI

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