India vs South Africa: Security beefed up as 1600 policemen to be on guard for 2nd T20I in Mohali
Just a day after the Chandigarh police denied security to the members of the Indian cricket team, owing to a payment issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Mohali police is set to deploy about 1600 policemen for the second T20I on Wednesday. It will be a three-tier security system in and around the PCA stadium in Mohali, with all roads leading to the stadium to be closed 11 am onwards. The match, however, will start at 7 pm.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Kuldeep Singh Chahal, told the Times of India, "There will be tight security during the match. The residents have been issued passes to cross nakas." He further elaborated the security plan, suggesting a total of 25 nakas will be in place to ensure fool-proof security for the match.
"We will set up 25 nakas on approach roads to PCA, which will be manned by 11 superintendent-level officers, 25 deputy superintendents, 160 sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors as well as head constables and constables. Punjab police commandos and EPR teams will also provide support to Mohali police."
Singh also revealed that the total security would comprise around 1,600 police personnel, while 600 to 700 policemen will be joining in from outer districts.
"The entire stadium premise is divided into six sectors inside and six sectors outside. A senior police official will be on duty at every sector," added the SSP.
Not just that, about 120 CCTV cameras have already been installed in the region to help the police monitor the area. Security personnel will also be positioned on top of the surrounding buildings to keep an eye around the area. They will be equipped with different types of equipments such as binoculars, wireless telephones and sophisticated weaponry for effective functioning.