Australia enquires about Saturday`s Bangalore blasts

Last Updated: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 21:55

New Delhi: Concerned over twin blasts near a
stadium in Bangalore before an IPL match, Australia, one of
the major participants in the Commonwealth Games, has enquired
about the explosions and the kind of security provided there.

Australian security officials called up their
counterparts here and wanted to know details related to
Saturday`s low-intensity explosions near the Chinnaswamy
cricket stadium that left 15 people, including five
securitymen, injured.

Government sources said Indian officials assured the
Australian security top brass that there should be no reason
for concern and foolproof security will be provided to all
participating sports-persons in Commonwealth Games.

Australia is expected to send a large contingent to the
fortnight-long sporting extravaganza to be held in the
national capital between October 3 and 14.

The Home Ministry has given highest priority to the
security of the Commonwealth Games, sources said.

A three-tier security ring will be thrown in each of the
13 competition venues for the Games and special attention is
being given to prevent "Lahore-type" attacks on the athletes
who will be taken from the Games Village to the venues in
dedicated lanes with helicopters providing air surveillance.

Militants had attacked Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore
during their tour of Pakistan on March 3, 2009.

To ensure fleet security, each of the 574 vehicles used
for ferrying athletes across the city will have to undergo a
mandatory anti-sabotage clearance every morning before
athletes board it.

Around 9,000 athletes from 71 countries besides 100,000
international spectators are expected to participate in the
Commonwealth Games here.


First Published: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 21:55

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