HYDERABAD: For the first match of this season's Indian Premier League (IPL) which will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 5 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal--as many as 1,800 police personnel would be deployed--by the state police. The extensive security measures will continue for all the eight matches to be played at the stadium.
Briefing about the security arrangements at the Uppal stadium on Monday, Rachakonda police commissioner M M Bhagwat said the bandobust will be put in place to deter untoward incidents.
The commissioner said 250 personnel from security wing, 270 traffic personnel, 700 police to maintain law and order, six platoons of armed forces, special teams from Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations (OCTOPUS), special branch and central crime stations will be put in force. Two fire tenders with firefighting staff will also be deployed at the stadium, he said.
“As many as 88 CCTV cameras are installed in-and-around the stadium that will facilitate round-the-clock monitoring. Special parties, bomb disposal teams and anti-sabotage will also be deployed at the venue. From now, roof-top police surveillance is put along the routes leading to the stadium to ensure security,” said commissioner Bhagwat.
A special party and a team of city security wing would escort the vehicles of the players and road clearance teams will also be deployed, he added.
During the match, the viewers are advised not to carry laptops, cameras, matchbox, binoculars, batteries, any kind of bags, banners, cigarettes, lighters, coins, helmets, water bottles, any kind of electronic items and metal objects including, pens.
Though mobile phones are allowed, police would not be allowing battery banks inside, said the officer.