Monday, November 16, 2009

No ban on black attires for fans

Spectators of the Kanpur Test between India and Sri Lanka need not worry about the colour of their attires.

There would be no ban on black clothes in the Green Park Stadium this time around.
Police had imposed a ban on wearing black dresses or carrying black clothes inside the stadium during the earlier one-dayers here against Pakistan and England to eliminate any possibility of spectators showing dissent to the visiting cricketers.
But police have ruled out any such threat perception during the second Test match, commencing from November 24.

"We will allow people wearing or carrying black clothes inside the stadium this time because we don't think any one would try to show dissent to the Sri Lankan cricketers with those," DIG of Kanpur B P Jogdand told PTI.

However, no spectator will be allowed to carry things, including the water bottles, which could be hurled on the players fielding near the boundary line, police said.
Jogdand also informed that to beef up security of the cricketers, additional police forces would be pressed into service during the match and both the team buses would be escorted by armed commandos.

Besides, a heavy security blanket is being provided to the city hotel where players of both the teams will stay.

The hotel will not accommodate any outsider after the teams arrive here on November 21.

As many as 36 CCTV cameras have been installed to keep a vigil on each and every corner of the hotel and even the hotel staff have been instructed not to bring any guest to the hotel during the stay of the cricket teams.

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