Unprecedented security cover during Ind-Aus one day match at Kochi

Kochi: An Unprecedented security cover with Commandoes and Anti Sabotage team will be in place for the Oct 17 One day cricket match between India and Australia at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at nearby Kaloor.

A high security scheme has been put in place in the backdrop of the Bangalore blast last year during an IPL match, Kochi City Police commissioner, Manoj Abraham, told reporters here.

At least 38 surveillance cameras have been installed at all entry points, galleries and the stadium can be monitored from the police control room. The spectators, who would be allowed entry only after thorough security check up, and would be continuously under the surveillance of the security cameras, he said.

About 2500 policemen, 100 Kerala commandoes, 300 private security guards and 300 NCC cadets would be deployed at the stadium to ensure that there are no security hick ups.

During the practice sessions of the two teams on Oct 15 and 16 also the same precautions would be taken, Abraham said.

Police has tied up with the Indian navy for providing helicopter service in case of an emergency during the match. A helipad is also been readied at the stadium grounds.

Fire force personnel would also be on duty at the stadium on the match day.

No metal objects and materials would be allowed inside the stadium during the match and spectators have been asked not to carry even umbrellas and use raincoats in case the weather plays spoil sport.

The stadium has been divided into 24 sectors and each sector would be under the control of a DYSP. The players would be provided ‘Z’ category security, he added.