Security beefed up in Kolkata for second Indo-Pak Test

November 28th, 2007 - 9:05 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, Nov 28 (ANI): Security arrangements have been beefed up in the City of Joy Kolkata in the wake of an email threatening the players of Pakistani cricket team ahead of the second Test match against India to be played at the Eden Gardens from November 30.

An emergency meeting of the top police brass of West Bengal was convened to ensure flawless security arrangements for the players during their stay here.

Three circles of security arrangements have been made for the cricketers, with the West Bengal Police, Kolkata Police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) commandos being pressed into service.

Top police officials of both Kolkata Police and West Bengal were present at the airport and at the Taj Bengal hotel, where both teams are staying.

Meanwhile, the people here are eagerly awaiting the match despite a terror threat looming large over it. They are expecting a close encounter between the archrivals, as the hosts are 1 up in the three-match series.

“The security in Kolkata is always tight and several matches are played here. The e-mail threat does not matter. A huge crowd will be present to witness the match and everybody knows that the Kolkata crowd is famous. Threats will not make a difference,” said Susmato Samaddar, a cricket fan.

“Last time when India and Pakistan played here, the atmosphere was great. But we have mixed memories as the match had to be stopped in the mid way, the spectators were pushed out and there was lots of rioting inside. This time also the atmosphere is electric. We people are ready to cheer the best team it doesn’t matter whether it is India or Pakistan,” said Avijit Chakraborty, another cricket enthusiast.

The Indian team is upbeat and thirsting for another win after its convincing six-wicket victory in the first match at Delhis Ferozshah Kotla stadium.
India romped to a six-wicket win over Pakistan on Monday morning, taking 1-0 lead in the three-match series. (ANI)

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