Sunday, March 20, 2011

Terror outfits may target WC final

UPDATED  19/3/2011 3:58:54 PM

Amit Kumar
New Delhi: As the pulsating final match of the current World Cup is to take place on April 2 at the gigantic Wankhede stadium, the security forces would be fully alert to repulse any attack from terror outfit.

With intelligence inputs suggesting terror attacks at cricket World Cup venues, the government has asked all states hosting these matches to fortify security at the stadiums including Mumbai`s Wankhede stadium. Pakistan has also caution India that some terror outfits can attack Wankhede stadium on April 2, the day Mumbai stadium host the World Cup final match.

The Centre has asked the police and security forces to establish multi-layered security ring like the one that was demonstrated during the Commonwealth Games here last year.

Inputs have suggested that terror groups like Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba are looking for opportunities totarget the ongoing World Cup matches in the country. A foreign intelligence agency has recently conveyed to India that some members of an operational cell of the terrorists could already be in the country, possibly enteredthrough Nepal, and some more may add to their strength.

A handful of league matches will soon be followed by the quarterfinals and semi-finals in cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Mohali and Mumbai in the forthcoming days. The final of the tournament will be played on April 2 at Mumbai`s Wankhede stadium.

The Centre has asked the states to beef up security along the coastline, oil installations and other places in cities where these matches are scheduled to take place. The security forces have also been asked to strictly follow and adhere to access control measures at the stadiums.

The Indian NavyCoast Guard, coastal police of the states and coastal villages have also been alerted. (With inputs from 

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