Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Cuttack, May 6:
To ensure smooth and incident-free Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches scheduled on May 7 and 11, the Commissionerate Police has stepped up three-tier security in and around the Barabati stadium in Odisha.
A preparatory meeting presided over by police commissioner Dr RP Sharma was held at the stadium on Sunday afternoon in which additional police commissioner Santosh Bala, Cuttack DCP Sanjib Arora, Cuttack ACP and officials of the city police stations were present.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Cuttack DCP Arora said, 35 platoons of armed police forces including three platoons of Quick Reaction Teams (QRT), Special Group and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) would be deployed.
“Besides, over 200 police officers and about 300 private security personnel would be placed in charge of the three-tier security arrangement that includes thorough checking of vehicles outside the stadium, checking of the spectators at the entrance gate and strict vigil on the crowd inside the stadium”, he said.
The DCP also said arrangements have been made to install CCTV cameras in and outside the stadium to monitor any suspicious movements.
“Since players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni carry Z security cover, additional measures have been taken for them ”, he added.
He also said a special patrolling team will be deployed to escort the players from Bhubaneswar to the stadium here for practice and the match.
Arora also informed that the spectators have been asked to carry only a single one-litre water bottle with them as food items will not be allowed into the stadium during the match.