Will not provide security to Kings as they havenít paid Rs 8.92 cr: Police to Home

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Toughening its stance over the non-payment of pending security bills worth Rs 8.92 crore by the Kings XI Punjab cricket team, the Chandigarh Police has put its foot down and told the UT Home Department that it will not be possible for it to provide security to the team for the upcoming IPL season unless the previous dues are cleared.

However, while the UT Police has left it to the Home Department to take the final decision, they may end up providing security as many international players are playing.

As per the letter sent by the UT Police to the UT Home Department on March 29, the organisers of Kings XI Punjab are supposed to pay a sum of Rs 8.92 crore to the UT Police for security arrangements made during the team's stay in the city during the previous seasons.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Alok Kumar told Chandigarh Newsline, "We had sent a letter to the Home Secretary stating that it will be difficult for us to provide any kind of security to the Kings XI Punjab for their matches in Mohali in the upcoming IPL season. Since 2008 when the IPL started, the team has never paid Chandigarh Police for providing them security."

DIG Alok Kumar added that it was not possible to provide security to the team unless they cleared their previous dues of Rs 8.92 crore. In the last year's IPL season, a similar situation had cropped up. However, the police had ultimately provided the team with security. This year, the decision has been left to the Home Department.

"Till the last season, we had provided the team with security. Every year we give them a bill but the organisers never pay. This time we have left it to the administration to decide. As far as the police department is concerned, we have not made any arrangements yet and we will not make any until the administration asks us to," said DIG Alok Kumar.

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