‘No person will be allowed into stadium without valid ticket/pass’
All arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the One Day International Cricket Match to be played between India and West Indies at Dr. YSR, VDCA ACA stadium at P.M. Palem on Sunday.
Giving details to the media here on Saturday, Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy said that the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) has been placed overall in charge of the security arrangements at the stadium. There would be four Additional DCP/Additional SP rank officials, 14 ACP/DSP rank officers, 45 CIs, 110 SIs, 230 ASI/HCs, 825 constables (both men and women), 280 home guards and 300 City Armed Reserve personnel for security arrangements at the stadium, hotel, airport and en route the stadium.
In addition to this, the services of other police units in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam Rural district have also been sought for bandobust duties to support the City Police. The stadium’s gates would be opened by 11:30 a.m. and spectators with valid passes or tickets have been asked to come early to avoid last minute rush at the stadium gates. The ticket and pass-holders have to occupy the seat according to the number allotted to them to avoid inconvenience to others.
No person will be allowed into the stadium without valid ticket/pass and hence there was no point in their coming there. Spectators will not be allowed to carry water bottles/sachets or eatables into the stadium. Flex boards, sign boards, banners, flags, crackers and flammable materials will not be allowed. Employees and volunteers should invariably wear their identity cards/duty passes for identification by the police.
Caution to people
Mr. Reddy directed the police officers and staff on duty not to allow their friends and acquaintances into the stadium without valid tickets or passes. Gunmen accompanying VIPs or officials should not enter the stadium. He advised women against wearing valuables to the extent possible and the public to be alert as there could be pick-pockets in the crowd. Anyone noticing suspicious persons or objects should inform the police personnel on duty.
CC cameras have been installed at various points in the stadium and anyone throwing water sachets into the ground, trouble mongers and eve-teasers could be identified easily and punished. There would be police personnel both in plainclothes and uniform to monitor the crowd behaviour. Betting and black marketing of tickets would entail severe action.
Mr. Reddy said that carrying of banners into the stadium would not be allowed. Replying to a query, he said that ‘Samaikyandhra’ placards would be allowed provided no attempt was made to distract the players or disrupt the match.
He, however, said that banners or hoardings would not be allowed and stopping the players either at the hotel or on the way to the stadium would entail severe action. Provocative speeches would not be allowed.