Elaborate security arrangements in Mumbai for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match
When India take on West Indies at the Wankhede on Thursday, there will be 1200 cops, 12 Quick Response Teams, 6 bomb squads deployed.
In view of crowd frenzy and hype surrounding the farewell match of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai police has drawn up an extensive security plan which includes ensuring that the master blaster does not move around alone at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
Elaborate security arrangements are being made in and around the stadium as Tendulkar will be playing his 200th and final Test match tomorrow against West Indies.
"As a precautionary measure, we will ensure that Sachin does not move around alone in the stadium. We will try to make sure he moves around with his team members. As it is his last match, a large number of fans may surround him if he is spotted alone," said a senior police official.
Also, 850 policemen and 200 female security personnel will be deployed along with 18 assistant police commissioners, 35 inspectors and 90 sub-inspectors for the Test match security at the ground. Six platoons of the State Reserve Police Force have also been deployed.
Three Deputy Police Commissioners will supervise the security arrangements.
Twelve Quick Response Teams and 16 Marksman vehicles have been stationed.
Police will have 45 door framed metal detectors and over 100 hand-held metal detectors for frisking, police said.
Six teams of the Bomb Disposal and Dog Squad (BDDS) will also be stationed in and around the ground, police said adding that the squads would conduct checks at the stadium before and after match.
The first check will be done three hours before the match begins, the officer added.
The four roads leading to the stadium - D Road, F Road, Maharshi Karve Road and Netaji Subhash Road (Marine Drive) - have been made no-parking zones while vehicle owners living in the area have been provided alternate arrangements.