DLF-IPL to cough up Rs 75 lakh for policing Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, Apr 18 (UNI) The initial stand-off between the Kolkata Police and DLF Indian Premier League over cost of security arrangements at Eden Gardens has been sorted out amicably after the Red Chillies Entertainment agreed to pay Rs 75 lakh as security fees.

Eden Gardens will host seven matches, all home matches of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

KKR's first home match is on April 20 against the Deccan Chargers of Hyderabad.

About 5,500 uniformed personnel and about 1,500 sleuths would be deployed to man the stadium and its sorroundings as many celebrities are expected to witness the Twenty20 match in the floodlights.

Initially, bargains over the quantum of securty fees had created some misunderstadings between the Red Chillies Entertainment, organiser of the IPL matches at Eden, and police after the latter quoted Rs two crore as security fees while the organisers had offered Rs 50 lakh, sources said today.

However, with the intervention of Writers Buildings, CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) and senior police officers, a meeting was held at Lalbazar yesterday where things were sorted out.

Now, the organisers would shell out Rs 75 lakh as security expenses for nearly one and half months of policing of the stadium.

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