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Tight security at venue for one-day match

TAKING NO CHANCES: Security checks being conducted at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: Satish H.

TAKING NO CHANCES: Security checks being conducted at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: Satish H.  

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD : Mandatory security check at two points, wrist bands for viewers, designated parking lot for each gate and scanning of tickets at entrance. With these and a whole lot of other measures, the police are throwing a security blanket over the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here where the first of the five-match one-day series between India and South Africa will be played on November 16.

"Ticket holders must note that they can reach their gates only through the respective parking lots," Cyberabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender told a press conference on Monday. Each gate was allotted for a particular category of tickets and a separate parking lot was earmarked for every gate.

The Commissioner made it clear that ticket holders coming in vehicles shall note down the route that leads to their respective parking lot and thus reach their gate. "If a person goes to a different parking lot, he would be in a mess," Mr. Reddy said.

Appeal to public

Advertisements, indicating details of the stadium layout, parking lots, access routes to the parking lots, gates and the seating area would be published in newspapers on Tuesday.

The Commissioner appealed to people to read the instructions given on the tickets before setting out for the stadium for clarity and comfort.

Bands

After entering the gate, each ticket holder would be given a band to be tied on the wrist. "They should retain this band until the match is over," Mr. Reddy said. Cheating cases would be booked against persons attempting to gain entry inside by using fabricated tickets or other fraudulent means.

Some 1,500 policemen would be deployed for security arrangements on the day of the match. A platoon of mounted police, along with a water canon, would be positioned at the stadium.

Twenty teams of door frame metal detectors, five teams of deep search detectors and six road opening parties along using bomb disposal equipment would also be on duty.

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