Kolkata: Finally, the wait for the much anticipated ICC World T20 2016 face-off between the neighbouring arch rivals is over. India and Pakistan take on the mother of all T20 matches at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
It would not be the use of a hyperbole if we said that when these two teams meet each other on the cricket ground, the environment transforms into a battlefield.
More than 2,000 constables and women police officers will be put on duty to monitor the jam-packed stadium. 3 quick reaction teams, 9 watch towers, 5 bulletproof troops, special surveillance teams, interception teams, strategically important locations. Unmanned aerial vehicle, drone services will also be used to get an aerial view of different corners of the stadium.
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India is hosting the ICC World Cup T20 for the first time and there were hiccups for the cricket crazy nation with the change of the location of the match from Dharamshala to Kolkata. Keeping the sensitive nature of diplomatic ties with the neighbour, security forces are leaving no stone unturned to check any loophole in the security cover for the event.
For the first time, authorities have decided to open the gates of the stadium three hours prior to the cricket match. Unlike the usual two hours, spectators today will be allowed to enter three hours before the Indian and the Pakistan players take the field.
The city police have planned elaborate security arrangements, with a huge police force ready to take position in and around the stadium, to handle more than 70,000 supporters at the legendary stadium.
A three-tier security arrangement has been designed in and around the stadium. India-Pakistan cricket battle is always a high octane event. A special team has been assigned the task to carefully monitor the safe entry and exit of the teams.
Meanwhile, the police team has also decided to rope in hospital staff and has made arrangements for ambulances and prison vans.