Security beefed up at Eden Gardens for Indo-Pak match
The Kolkata Police have made an elaborate security arrangement to avoid any untoward incident during the India-Pakistan T-20 World Cup match on March 19.
In a bid to avoid unnecessary rush, the gates of Eden Gardens will be opened 3 hours ahead of the match. Usually, police allowed entry 2 hours ahead of a match. But on March 19 spectators will be allowed 3 hours before the players of India and Pakistan takes the field. The match is scheduled to start at 7.30 pm, so the gates will be opened for spectators at 4.30 pm.
All the joint commissioners and three additional commissioners of police will be present at the ground.
Around 21 police officers of the Deputy Commissioner rank will be on-duty. Some of the DC’s will supervise the traffic management while the rest will be posted in and around the stadium. There will one DC at each of the gates.
There will be three-tier security arrangement all around the stadium. Commandos will be posted outside the stadium. Spectators will be allowed to enter after they pass through security checks at three different points. Around 2200 constables and women police will be deployed to maintain the crowd.
There will be three Quick Response Teams. Three more towers have been set up to keep a close vigil on the movement of people.
More than 40 assistant commissioners will be on-duty and 130 inspectors have been assigned with their respective duties. Around 414 sub-inspectors and 375 assistant sub-inspectors will be posted. Many of them will be on duty inside the ground.There will be arrangement of 7 ambulances and five assistance booth, which will be manned by the police to help people by disseminating information.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Drone, will be used to get an aerial view of different corners of the stadium. The mounted police will also keep patrolling the area. There will also be security arrangement on the route through which the team buses will pass to reach stadium from the hotel.