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Cuttack on high alert before ODI


Jajati Karan,CNN-IBN
Jun 18, 2007 at 05:00am IST

Cuttack: A foolproof security network has been put in place for the second one day international (ODI) between India and West Indies at Cuttack on Wednesday, with the Barabati Stadium and the team hotel being constantly monitored.

This even as Indian Cricket coach Greg Chappell was attacked by a political activist in Bhubaneswar.

More than 40 platoons of police force for a single ODI match, Z category security has been provided to Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and West Indies captain Brian Lara.

These are just few of the security measures taken up by Orissa police for the second ODI

Intelligence inputs suggests of terrorist attack from groups like LeT, SIMI and Jaish-e- Mohammed. But the authorities have advised not to panic.

"We have got such inputs and we are taking all measures for that," said Orissa Home Secretary Tarun Kanti Mishra.

"We do not have any specific threat. In present security scenario there are such routine inputs and we are fully prepared to meet any such eventualities," assures Cuttack SP S Priyadarshi.

The threat however has not dampened the spirit of the cricket fans who stood for hours in queue for tickets.

But the cricket blackout on television is surely a matter of concern and fans from as far as Bihar have come to see the match live.

"I have come all the way from Bihar as I cannot see the match in my TV," said cricket fan Golakh Bihari Nayak.

"We are crazy about seeing this match. Since we could not see it on TV we want to see it LIVE here," said another cricket fan Dipak Ranjan Mohanty.

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