Tight security for Barabati T-20

Bhubaneswar: As many 65 platoons of force and 150 officers will be deployed in Cuttack to guard the T-20 match between India and South Africa to be held on October 5 at Barabati stadium. Similarly, 25 platoons of force and 100 officers will be deployed in Bhubaneswar where the players will stay.

It was also decided in the last preparatory meeting today that as many as 150 CCTV cameras will be installed on the stadium premises to keep a close watch on the anti-social activities, police commissioner RP Sharma, who attended the meeting, said. OCA will also deploy 500 guards in and around the stadium to assist police. This apart, anti-terrorist squad and Special Operation Group (SoG) will be mobilised in the twin-cities, he added.

Audience will enter the stadium through 18 gates. To avoid duplication of tickets and overcrowding of the stadium, the OCA has numbered the seats for the first time. The ticket holder will be allotted the seat the number of which is mentioned in his/her ticket, OCA sources said.

Barabati Stadium will for the first time host an international T20 match. In the past, the stadium has hosted Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 matches.

The meeting was attended by Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora , Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrat Bhoi and Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera and staff of the hotel where players will stay.