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Mar 27, 2011 at 10:38am IST

High security for WC final at Wankhede stadium

Mumbai: Wankhede stadium, the venue for the grand finale of cricket's biggest extravaganza will literally turn into a fortress, come April 2.

CISF will frisk spectators entering ground and SRPF will guard the periphery.

Thane and Navi Mumbai police personnel will back up Mumbai Police.

Vehicles are not allowed to park in and around the stadium - entry for only selected VVIP cars.

National Security Guards, Quick Response Team commandos, Maharashtra Elite Force One team will be on vigil.

Helicopters for surveilance; Marine Commandoes and Indian Naval Base in South Mumbai will be on standby.

Airspace over and around stadium will be no-fly zone. All entry points via sea to be sealed on the day.

RR Patil, Maharashtra Home Minister said, "I appeal to all not to believe in any rumours. Proper arrangements are being made for both players and spectators."

Not just the Wankhede stadium, police will be on high alert across the city. Officials on duty will be given biometric identity cards and have been chosen based on their knowledge of the city and the threat perception.

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