Centre sounds alert for world cup final; tightens security

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Wankhede stadium
New Delhi, Apr 2: Ahead of world cup cricket final, the Centre has directed Maharashtra Government to take extra precautionary measures to foil any attempt by Pakistan-based terrorists to disturb peace during the game.

Acting on intelligence inputs, the Home Ministry also sent an Additional Secretary to Mumbai to take stock of the security arrangement there, particularly the venue of India-Sri Lanka final match the Wankhede Stadium and its surrounding areas, sources said.

Home Minister P Chidambaram also said all necessary steps have been taken to ensure fool-proof security arrangements for the cricket world cup final.

Sources said as per the security plans, anti-aircraft guns will be strategically put in place and teams of the elite National Security Guards will join thousands of security personnel to provide security.

The Centre is not taking any chances as President Pratibha Patil and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa are set to watch the encounter.

A sizable number of NSG commandos and around 400 central paramilitary personnel will assist Mumbai Police to ensure foolproof security.

All air bases near Mumbai, Indian Navy and Coast Guard have been put on high alert to ensure security in the air and sea during tomorrow's match which is also expected to be watched by a host of Union Ministers, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan and other leaders.

Quick Reaction Teams and women personnel of CRPF would be stationed at vital locations in and around the stadium to respond to any exigency.

Home Ministry officials are in constant touch with Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra government to ensure security.

PTI

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