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Heightened security keeps fans on the edge

The first high-voltage T20 match between arch rivals India and Pakistan late Tuesday drew frenzied fans in hordes to the Chinnaswamy stadium but unprecedented security kept them on the edge, as they were under watchful eyes of hundreds of cops deployed across the stands. A blanket ban on carrying any object into the stands, including banners, placards, buntings, trumpets or even drums robbed the enthusiastic fans from waving, hooting or blaring as in the domestic India Premier League (IPL) series.

‘I have never seen such tight security in the stadium. This is the first time I am watching an exciting match under controlled conditions. I was frisked thrice before I could enter the stands. In a way, it is good to regulate fans for maintaining discipline though it shackles our right to express,’ said N Mohan Kumar, a law student. With the stadium turning into a virtual fortress to keep potential trouble makers away and prevent any sort of demonstration outside or inside the venue, fans had tough time in entering the stadium in time as parking was banned 1km around and vehicular movement was restricted.
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