IPL matches from March 13, cops finalise security plans
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With the third season of Indian Premier League (IPL) set to open its Mumbai chapter on March 13, the Mumbai Police have worked out elaborate security arrangements for the seven matches to be played at the Brabourne Stadium.
Senior police officers said the season would see "one of the most extensive security arrangements ever given to a sporting event." Of the 60 matches across the country, Mumbai Indians will host seven matches in the city while the finals will be played at Navi Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium. The last season had to be shifted out of the country as its schedule had clashed with the Assembly elections; and the governments could not promise adequate security for the matches.
In the city, security arrangements have been drawn for the two Trident Group hotels (in Bandra Kurla Complex and Nariman Point) that will host players and officials, the route to the hotels and the match venues. While eatables, bottles and any other object that could be used as a 'missile' will be barred from the venue, there will also be exhaustive checks on all those who enter the venue. The police are yet to take a call on certain kinds of carrybags, but haversacks will definitely not be allowed inside the stadium. The matches will also see heavy deployment of officers and personnel from Intelligence units in what they term as "invisible squads". This will be in addition to plainclothesmen from various police units.
CCTV cameras will be installed extensively at the venue and on some routes, besides setting up additional control rooms for each stadium stand. Senior officers said apart from "constant monitoring" of each stand, they will be storing the CCTV footages till the series is over. "We have also worked out a system by which we could identify miscreants and get them out of the stadium with no reasons given," one of them said.