Patil assures tight security during World Cup final

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil today said all security measures had been taken to ensure that no untoward incident happens, and at least 3,000 policemen have been deployed.

Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 19:42 PM IST

Mumbai: After reviewing the security
arrangements at Wankhede stadium ahead of Saturday`s World Cup
final between India and Sri Lanka here, Maharashtra Home
Minister R R Patil today said all security measures had been
taken to ensure that no untoward incident happens, and at
least 3,000 policemen have been deployed.

"I have reviewed the security arrangements made in
co-ordination with Maharashtra and Central governments. The
arrangements would be supervised by Mumbai Police Commissioner
Arup Patnaik. We have taken all the measures to ensure that
everything goes well," Patil said.

He said airspace over and around stadium had been
declared as `No Flying Zone`.

Apart from Mumbai police, teams of National Security
Guards, Maharashtra`s elite Force One, Rapid Action Force,
State Reserve Police Force and Quick Response Team are a part
of the security, he said.

"Over 3,000 policemen would be there at the ground on
the day of the match."

Patil appealed to ticket-less crowds not to gather
outside the stadium to avoid inconvenience.

"All the tickets have been sold. I appeal to people not
to crowd outside the stadium unnecessarily, and co-operate
with the police," he said, adding, "Police are taking all
measures to avoid black-marketing of tickets."

Asked about the terror threat to the match, Patil said,
"We are keeping a watch on it."

PTI