Delhi not an IPL venue due to security reason: police

March 18th, 2009 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal Wednesday said the security machinery in the national capital was not adequate to cater to cricket matches and the elections simultaneously.
Dadwal said security risks cannot be taken for the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Twenty20 tournament after the audacious attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan March 3.

“Keeping in view what happened in Pakistan, we need to have more security and I don’t think we can take this risk as IPL matches are coinciding with general elections. It is difficult for us to cater for matches,” the police commissioner said.

The revised schedule of the IPL doesn’t include Delhi, Jaipur and Vizag on its venue list after the government refused to give security, as the Twenty20 cricketing extravaganza coincides with the polls.

“We cannot compromise on Delhi’s substantial security following serial bomb blasts in the capital last year. We will personally miss the IPL matches but I think our primary concern is to provide security to every citizen in the city as we have to withdraw forces to provide security for matches.”

Asked about how well equipped Delhi Police is to provide security for the Commonwealth Games next year, Dadwal said: “By 2010, we will have another 10,000 cops and absolutely world class security in place.”

“Moreover (the) central government will give us substantial support to provide security for the Commonwealth Games,” Dadwal added.

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