Report on Barabati row soon: Home secy

Bhubaneswar: The report, sought by the Odisha government on the much-talked-about incident at Barabati stadium in Cuttack where the irate spectators had thrown water bottles on to the ground during theT20 match between India and South Africa on October 5, would be submitted very soon.

Informing this to the media on Monday, principal secretary, Home Asit Kumar Tripathy said he had given a set of questionaire to the commissionerate police and the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) who have given their reply last week.

“I have gone through their replies thoroughly. I will visit the Barabati stadium very soon and then submit my report to the state government. The report will state about the causes that led to the unsavoury incident.

Notably, play was suspended twice for nearly 30 minutes as the irate crowd threw water bottles forcing the players to run for cover. Despite the requests made by the commissionerate police and the OCA officials, the unrelenting spectators kept on throwing bottles.

Following the incident the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had sought explanation from the OCA while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while expressing grave concern over the incident, had convened an emergency meeting with the DGP and the police commissioner, OCA secretary Asirbad Behera, Sports and Youth Affairs secretary Saswat Mishra.

The chief minister later asked the principal secretary, Home to probe into the incident and submit a report to the government within a month.