Team hotel under impregnible security blanket

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Kolkata, Nov 27 (UNI) With the e-mail threat staring the touring Pakistan team, the team hotel here has been converted into a fortress with every inch of the sprawling five-star accommodation under electronic surveillance.

Joint Commissioner (Administration) P K Chatterjee told UNI at Taj Bengal hotel today, '' We have taken all possible security measures. There is no room for any mistake. '' Both Indian and Pakistan teams entered the hotel in the afternoon.

While the RAF were manning the four entry points, inside on both floors of the hotel, where the teams were staying, were the Quick Reaction Teams, SAF personnel and Bomb Disposal squad.

Earlier, the entire hotel had been sanitised with metal detectors and sniffer dogs, and the vantage points not only in and around the hotel, but also the route the teams will take to the stadium had been put under close watch.

Mr Chatterjee said, '' Keeping in mind the e-mail threat, we have appointed Deputy Commissioner (Reserve Force) Dilip Banerjee to oversee the security measures, and four other IPS officers will be actively working with him. '' While the Indian team was staying on the first floor, the Pakistan team will be staying on the second floor. Mr Chatterjee further said, '' this time in addition to the metal detectors to frisk individuals, police have arranged for baggage scanners like we find in the airports to see the baggages. '' MORE UNI BA RAR VC1722

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