IPL on security alert

NEW DELHI - Tight security arrangements were made at a stadium in Mumbai where the final games of the Indian Premier League are being held after blasts at a recent game raised fears of a terrorist threat to the tournament, officials said yesterday.

NEW DELHI - Tight security arrangements were made at a stadium in Mumbai where the final games of the Indian Premier League are being held after blasts at a recent game raised fears of a terrorist threat to the tournament, officials said yesterday.

The semifinals were shifted to DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai after low-intensity bombings outside the original venue, Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium, at the weekend left 16 people injured.

One of the matches was billed for yesterday and another one for today, while the final is due on Sunday.

Local police officials said a three-tier security plan was in place and every spectator will be thoroughly checked.

"Necessary arrangements have been made," senior police official Dattatray Shinde told reporters.

"There will be three levels of checks for spectators, outside the entry gate, at the gate and upon entry."

He said spectators will not be allowed to carry bags, bottles or mobile phones to the match.

News reports said the stadium with a seating capacity of 60000 had virtually turned into a "fortress swarming with hundreds of cops" after intelligence inputs warned of a terrorist attack in the city.

Security at Mumbai's airport, railway station and malls in the city was also strengthened, the Times of India newspaper reported. - Sapa-DPA

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