Security blanket at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium ahead of India-Pak match

With some groups threatening to dig up the pitch, 20 commandos are guarding the ground.

Twelve hundred security personnel, 72 door-frame metal detectors, 100 CCTV cameras, about 20 commandos manning the pitch these are part of the elaborate security arrangements the Delhi Police has put in place ahead of the India-Pakistan match scheduled to be held on January 6 at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here.

With many threatening to hold protests on the day of the match and some groups threatening to dig up the pitch, at least 20 commandos have been deployed exclusively to man the ground round the clock, starting Thursday.

Another 90 police personnel have been put on the job of guarding the stadium round the clock. Thirty men each will work in three shifts, which began at 12 pm on Thursday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Devesh Srivastava said: "We have ensured fool-proof security and we will see to it that all security precautions are maintained so that people enjoy the match and the event passes off peacefully."

Police sources said the arrangements were decided after three rounds of meetings with senior officials of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Police said, this time, at least 2,500 Pakistani nationals are expected to attend the match.

Police said anti-sabotage checks were already in place and people will be frisked at all 13 gates of the stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 42,000 people and there will be sign boards for the public to know the circulation plan.

Sources said a special team will be deployed to prevent tickets being sold in black. Last year, there were at least five such cases during the IPL match.

Police said, on December 10, a delegation from the Pakistan's advance security liasoning team had come for an inspection along with officials from the Pakistan Cricket Control Board, the DIG, other senior police officers and mediapersons. Police said the delegation was briefed on the security arrangements and was satisfied with the arrangements.

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