Massive security cover for Indo-Pak cricket Test at Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, Nov 28 (UNI) About 5,000 policemen will be deployed in and around the Eden Gardens as the city gears up for the second cricket test match between India and Pakistan amid an unprecedented security blanket.

Assuring extraordinary measures, Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty today said all possible steps were being taken against any terror attack during the five-day match.

''Besides the standard procedures, we have beefed up the security by taking up some extraordinary measures. I assure that there will be no untoward incident,'' he told reporters.

Chakraborty said with 5,000 policemen being posted in and around the stadium, there would be a three-layer security ring, while sniffer dogs would be pressed into service and hidden cameras installed to record the movement of spectators.

''Every spectator will have to pass through a three-layer security check-up while entering the stadium. The securitymen will be equipped with special gadgets, being introduced for the first time. There will also be hidden cameras installed inside and outside the stadium to record the movement of spectators, while sniffer dogs will be pressed into service,'' he said.

It was because of the stringent security check that spectators were required to come to the stadium one hour before the start, Mr Chakraborty said.

The police personnel, to be posted for duty during the test match, would include a sizable number of plainclothesmen, he said adding the detective department was working overtime to ensure a foolproof security.

To a question on who had sent the threatening e-mail that reached a television channel office on Monday, Chakraborty said it was yet to be known, but the city police had been in touch with the Central intelligence.

Even 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.

This time in addition to the metal detectors to frisk individuals, police had arranged for baggage scanners on the line of airport security.


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