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Tight security arrangements in Rajkot for first ODI

Sunday, 13 December 2009 - 1:35pm IST | Place: Rajkot | Agency: PTI
Tight security arrangements have been made for the first of the five one day internationals to be played between Indian and Sri Lanka.

Tight security arrangements have been made for the first of the five one day internationals to be played between Indian and Sri Lanka at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket ground here on Tuesday.


Nearly 1500 policemen, including three companies of State Reserve Police (SRP), have been deployed at the venue and at the Imperial Hotel, where the two teams will stay for three days.


"We have deployed 1500 policemen including three companies of SRP," Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mayank Chavda said. About 100 policemen have been deployed at the hotel for the players security, he said.
    
The department has also carried out searches in other hotels of the city and launched round-the-clock patrolling to avoid any untoward incident, Chavda said.


Entry points at the ground have been equipped with metal detectors, while 20 CCTV cameras have also been installed to catch each and every movement of the spectators, he said.


Police department has also issued guidelines for the spectators and asked them not to carry any 'throwable' or inflammable substance, the DCP said.


Meanwhile, Honorary secretary of the Saurashtra Cricket Association, Niranjan Shah said the match has been insured for Rs five crore, that includes Rs 2.5 crore for the security of players and viewers.
    
Both teams are expected to arrive here this evening.


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