Can`t risk security to satisfy egos: Mumbai Police
Mumbai: Despite the BCCI`s threat to shift the two IPL play-offs to Bangalore, city police on Wednesday said that it cannot compromise on security rules at the Wankhede stadium here over "ego issues".
"Thorough security checking is required. Not even city police commissioner is allowed to enter the ground without police accreditation. Then why are the BCCI officials making an issue out of it? Egos should be kept aside when it comes to security of thousands of people," deputy police commissioner (Operations) Rajkumar Vhatkar said.
"We will not compromise with security. We have taken these heightened security measures keeping in the mind the safety of thousands of spectators, cricketers and all others present inside the ground. We cannot put all these people`s security at stake because some people have ego problems," he said.
What would the cricket board officials do if Bangalore police also adopts similar security measures after assessing threat perception there? Vhatkar asked.
The tough stand taken by the Mumbai police, preventing cricket board officials from entering their own premises inside the Wankhede Stadium during IPL match days without police passes, has upset the BCCI which is threatening to shift next month`s two play-off ties from the venue to Bangalore.
Police authorities are refusing to recognise valid accreditations issued by the IPL to all categories of people including event broadcasters, other service providers like catering personnel and media without a police pass accompanying it on match days.
BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, CAO prof Ratnakar Shetty and IPL CEO Sundar Raman had been stopped outside the Vinoo Mankad gate and prevented from entering their office parking lot on April 15, when the venue hosted its first IPL match of the season, between Mumbai Indians and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
Asked about it, Vhatkar said, "Neither Srinivasan, Ratnakar Shetty nor me are above law and security. What would happen if these people go to USA? Don`t they follow security measures taken by the authorities there?"
The BCCI, during its working committee meeting here on Wednesday, gave the Mumbai Cricket Association three days` time to sort out the issue with the police or the two play-off matches (on May 24 and 25) would be shifted to Bangalore.
"If they want, we will discuss whatever issues they have with us. But I don`t think we would compromise on security," Vhatkar said.