Barabati T20: Tight security in twin city

Bhubaneswar: With the much awaited T20 match between India and South Africa just two days away, the commissionerate police has made adequate security arrangements in the twin city for the safety and security of both the teams.

Briefing the media here on Saturday, police commissioner RP Sharma said 25 platoons of police have been deployed in Bhubaneswar who will remain in charge of escorting the teams to Hotel Mayfair soon after their arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in the afternoon.

The security forces comprising APR, OSAP and SOG personnel, will be monitored by senior police officers.

“Apart from this, the security personnel will also escort the teams to Cuttack for their net practice at Barabati Stadium tomorrow. The teams will also be escorted to Bhubaneswar after their practice session at the stadium,” Sharma informed.

To ensure foolproof security to the teams, three-tier security arrangements have been made at Hotel Mayfair, he added.

Talking about the security arrangements in Cuttack, Sharma said 60 platoons of armed police have been deployed in the city for the match.

“The forces would be deployed and inside and outside the stadium to ward off any untoward incident. To keep a close watch on the spectators and the crowd during the match, 150 CCTV cameras will be installed inside and outside the stadium. Apart from this, four squads of quick response teams (QRT) and two anti-terrorist squads will also be deployed,” he said.