Tight security in Kolkata for 2nd Indo-Pak TestNovember 30th, 2007 - 6:04 pm ICT by admin
Kolkata, Nov 30 (ANI): The second Test match between India and Pakistan began at the Eden Gardens stadium here today amid heavy security arrangements in the wake of e-mail threatening to attack the visiting team.
Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said that over 6000 uniformed and policemen in plain clothes have been deployed at and around the stadium.
“There is a three-layer security, starting all the way from channalisers down inside the grounds. So, every spectator is being screened thrice. Everyone is being photographed, but we are doing it in a very disciplined manner, so that nobody is inconvenienced,” Chakraborty said.
A local television channel received an e-mail on November 24 threatening blasts in different parts of the country, including Kolkata.
On November 26, the Kolkata Police Commissioner received another e-mail after which an emergency meeting of the top police officials was called to ensure foolproof security for the players.
Meanwhile, despite the threats, cricket enthusiasts thronged the stadium to cheer their teams.
“This time the security is very tight. There are a lot of metal detectors as well. People here are not afraid of the threat. We have come to enjoy the match,” said Pranoy Mukherjee, a fan.
Shekhar, another cricket fan, said he was confident of Indian Team’s victory.
“I will cheer especially for Sourav (Sourav Ganguly), our pride of Bengal. We won last time and we are sure of winning here too,” he said.
Earlier this morning, India won the toss and elected to bat. Though the hosts did not have a good start as they lost the wicket of opener Dinesh Karthik in early overs, Wasim Jaffer and former skipper Rahul Dravid consolidated the innings.
Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik with an ankle injury is missing the match and vice-captain Younis Khan is leading the side.
The visitors received a boost when fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami were cleared for the match after passing fitness tests.
Indian Team won the opening Test in New Delhi by six wickets. The final match of the series will be played in Bangalore next week. (ANI)
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