Organisers take no chances after blast

An unprecedented security cover will be in place for the second India- Australia Test match in Hyderabad

(Photo: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)An unprecedented security cover of about 2,000 police personnel, including the crack Organisation to Counter Terrorist Operations (Octopus) of the Andhra Pradesh Police, will be in place for the second India- Australia Test match beginning here on Saturday.

Apart from these police personnel, as many as 60 CCTV cameras, quick response teams (QRT), bomb disposal squads and a host of other security measures are being taken for the Test, following Thursday’s bomb blasts in the Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad.

This was announced here on Wednesday by Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, police commissioner of Cyberabad, the area in which the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, venue of the Test match, is located.

The security at the teams’ hotel has also been strengthened.

“We have beefed up the security arrangements, much more than what we have done for previous matches here,” Rao announced at a press conference.

“In addition to this, we’re also utilising the services of Octopus, AP Military Police, and the paramilitary forces,” he disclosed.

“Nothing will go wrong, people need not get worried and there’s no need to panic. We want to tell you that Hyderabad and Cyberabad are safe areas. All steps are being taken to see that this match goes on as any other earlier match.” Rao also said that the security team of the BCCI has been in touch with the Cyberabad/ Hyderabad police.

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This will be the sixth Test in Hyderabad. Two matches have been played at Uppal and three at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium.

Spectators have been told not to bring mobile phones, handbags, water bottles, banners, cameras, and eatables etc. as a “precautionary measure”. But Rao said that they would be allowed to exit and enter the stadium three times during a day’s play to buy eatables etc.

The security arrangement includes 250 security wing personnel, 270 from the traffic department, 1,129 from the law and order section, two units of Octopus, five platoons of the armed forces, special branch and Central Crime Station staff, and two fire tenders along with the fire fighting squads.

About 2,000 personnel would be on duty during the Test.

A total of 60 CCTV cameras are being installed. To manage and coordinate the entire area, a command and control room is being set up to monitor all the CCTV footage for taking immediate action, if needed.

Round-the-clock anti-sabotage checks would be conducted with the help of 10 bomb disposal teams until the end of the match.

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