Hyderabad: The Rachakonda Police, in the wake of serial blasts in Sri Lanka, increased the security measures for the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.
The extra measures meant that the spectators had to undergo a detailed security check and several other restrictions as the cops were extra vigilant to curb any untoward incidents. The police were also seen providing drinking water outside the stadium to beat the heat.
“We already have as many as 2,300 police personnel, two units of Octopus and armed forces. We are on alert,” a police official said.
A total of 300 CCTV cameras were also installed in the stadium including at vehicle checkpoints and parking places. A joint command and control room is set up to monitor all the CCTV footages for taking immediate action.
The security measures didn’t affect the enthusiasm of the Sunday crowd who came for the match. “I am here to watch the batting of Andre Russell and David Warner. I reached the stadium early since it was a Sunday, expecting a huge crowd. The police are doing a commendable job. They are even providing free water to us,” Surendra who was attending his first IPL match, said.
Security beefed up in city
The city police heightened vigil at all important places following multiple blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday.
After the reports of explosions in Sri Lanka tickled in the morning, senior officials of the Hyderabad police asked the Station House Officers to take adequate security measures. Police personnel who were already deployed at various religious places including Churches in the city were asked to be extra vigilant.
Towards evening, the police tightened security at various public places which are generally crowded during the weekends. The managements of malls, multiplexes, theatres, parks and hotels/restaurants were asked to thoroughly frisk visitors.
Police guarding important installations and offices in the city were also asked to step up vigil in and around the premises and allow vehicles inside after thorough frisking.
Hyderabad police maintained that there are no specific alerts for the city and only precautionary measures were being taken as being done time to time, taking into account the situation world over.