Ahmedabad: More than six thousand security personnel will be deployed in Ahmedabad city and Narendra Modi Stadium during the World Cup final (World Cup 2023) between host India and five-time champions Australia (IND vs AUS) here on Sunday 19 November. . A senior police officer gave this information on Saturday.
Ahmedabad Police Commissioner GS Malik said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles will be among the prominent personalities expected to be present during the ICC Cricket World Cup final in the city’s Motera area. Malik told reporters here that keeping in mind the movement of more than one lakh spectators in the stadium and the presence of many dignitaries, elaborate security arrangements have been made with Gujarat Police, Rapid Action Force (RAF), Home Guard personnel.
Malik said, “More than six thousand police personnel will be deployed to ensure that this prestigious match is conducted without any hassles. Of these six thousand personnel, about three thousand will be deployed inside the stadium while the rest will be deployed to protect other key locations, such as hotels where players and other dignitaries will be staying.”
Malik said that one company of the RAF will be deployed inside the stadium while the other company will be deployed outside the stadium. He said the city police has set up a temporary command and control center equipped with wireless network inside the venue which will function even if mobile communication fails.
Malik said four senior IPS officers of the rank of Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General and 23 Deputy Commissioners of Police will inspect and guide the personnel on the match day. Malik said he would be assisted by 39 assistant police commissioners and 92 police inspectors. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams will also be deployed in the city to respond to any chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergency during the match, the Ahmedabad police chief said.
He said 10 teams of ‘Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad’ as well as two teams of Chetak commandos, an elite unit, would be deployed near the stadium. Asked whether the police had received any information regarding the possible threat, Malik said the media should not highlight such threats issued by unknown persons based outside India.
“We are well prepared for any threat,” he said. Some people sitting in Canada or any other country just send a threatening email or share an audio or video of any threat and the media makes hype about it. I believe there is no need to pay attention to such things.”
Other dignitaries present at the stadium during the final match included Union Home Minister Amit Shah, US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, Singapore’s Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. The famous Surya Kiran aerobatics team of the Indian Air Force will also perform an air show before the match on Sunday. The match will start at 2 pm in the stadium with a capacity of 1 lakh 32 thousand spectators. The Indian team has won all its 10 matches so far in the tournament. (agency)