Tight security at Green Park Stadium

Times Of India article.

Kanpur, India - Elaborate arrangements of security have been made at Green Park Stadium the venue for the third one-day international cricket match to be played between India and West Indies on Wednesday.

The will be nearly 3,000 police personnel and Rapid Action Force (RAF) men expert in handling automatic weapons, informed senior superintendent of police Yashasvi Yadav.

The stadium will have 60 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and six jammers installed at various strategic points in and around the stadium to monitor the crowd and keep anti-social elements at bay. 

"The sleuths will scrutinise images taken by the CCTV cameras stationed at various points. They will also be in touch with the security personnel in and outside the stadium. Thus, we can keep tab on mischief-mongers in the crowd and take immediate action," said Yadav.

There are 16 additional superintendents of police and 40 deputy SP rank officials, quick response teams (QRTs), nearly 1,500 constables deployed inside and 1,500 cops outside the stadium. LIU personnel, 15 companies of PAC and four companies of RAF will guard the place.

The Indian and West Indies cricket teams arrived here on Monday. Police have spread an unprecedented security cover in and around the Green Park Stadium and the hotel where the players are staying.

From Chakeri Airport to the team hotel, four superintendents of police, eight COs and 250 policemen have been deployed on Monday after the arrival the teams. 

Similarly, they would also guard the entire stretch from the hotel to Green Park Stadium for security of the players who will go to the stadium for net practice on Tuesday and after the conclusion of the match.

"Binoculars and walkie-talkie handsets besides sophisticated firearms have already been provided to sleuths atop the high-rise buildings in the surroundings of the stadium to monitor the match," SP Rahul Kumar said.

In addition to CCTVs, video photography will also act both as a deterrent and to book trouble-makers and anti-social elements.

The stadium will have three-tier security layers and each layer would be headed by an SP and ASP rank official. Then there would be sector officers of deputy SP rank. 

Extra care would be taken to protect the players. Several senior officers of ASP and DSP ranks would be deputed to guard that particular area.

There will be a tight vigil on the all the gates, barriers, stands, commentary boxes, pavilions, VVIP pavilions, Governor and Chief Minister's pavilion and the media pavilion. All these would be guarded by in charge of each zone.

Round-the-clock security is in place at Landmark Hotel, where members and officials of both teams are staying after their arrival on Monday evening, the police official added.

There would be a CO rank official, inspectors of police and constables to guard the main gates of the hotel. 

Also there will be one additional superintendent rank officer, a circle officer and policemen, who will keep a tab on the activities of people and shop-keepers at the Somdutt Plaza, a shopping complex situated adjacent to the hotel. 

There will also be mounted police teams near the gates of the stadium as well as the hotel.

Similarly, there would be bomb disposal, dog squad, anti-sabotage and anti-mining teams, members of which would be equipped with latest equipment. A mock drill will also be conducted before the match begins.

"We are keeping tight vigil on the river (Ganga) side of the stadium. We are trying to depute the jawans of river police," said a police official.

Meanwhile, a senior police official said a security camp had been set up at the stadium, which is functioning round-the-clock.

First Published In The Times Of India.

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:20