BANGALORE: A tight security clampdown will be in place in and around the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to provide foolproof security to players and fans during the high-profile India–England World Cup match on Sunday, the city police chief said on Friday.
Police commissioner Shankar Bidari said about 3,000 policemen will beef up security in and around the stadium, especially after yesterday’s violence when fans desperately scrambled for tickets.
“We are deploying about 3,000 policemen, including 700 traffic police in and around the stadium to ensure foolproof security for the match on Sunday,” Bidari told a press conference.
“Special security will be provided for hundreds of English fans expected to arrive in the city to watch the match. Keeping in view the global threat perception, we are taking all precautions, including intelligence gathering to prevent undesirable elements entering the stadium,” said Bidari.
The spectators will not be allowed to carry any items, including bags, cameras, laptops and water bottles into the stadium.
” Karnataka State Cricket Association is making all arrangements, including a supply of drinking water at the stadium for fans,” he said.
Police lathicharged fans after thousands had queued up outside the M Chinnaswamy stadium in a mad rush for just 7,000 tickets sold for the public.
Bidari regretted that police had to step in to control the crowd and restore order as the situation was becoming tense.
“It was unfortunate that police had to use force to control the situation,” he said.
He appealed to the fans to reach the stadium in time for the day-night match.
“I appeal to all spectators to maintain discipline, order and peace to enjoy the match.”
Bidari said that “there was no specific threat or alert as the match involved two friendly nations.”
He said 300 policemen will be deployed for the security of both the teams while 2000 personnel would be manning the stadium.
Bidari said police had to resort to action on Thursday to avoid a stampede as people were crowding the ticket booths.
“I have asked the KSCA to make alternative arrangements in future,” he said.