Dhoni among 35 celebs facing terror threat; security tightened

Policemen in simple dresses have been deployed around the India captain MS Dhoni Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Ranchi: Dec 5, 2011

After a security alert issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Jharkhand police have made special security arrangements for India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 35 other celebrities.

The intelligence sources have informed that there are evidences of the terror outfits operative across the border to target Indian celebrities.

Though he was escorted by one jeep full of armed policemen of Doranda police station from the airport to his Harmu Housing Colony residence on Saturday, extra vigil is being maintained by the Special Branch sleuths,” an officer said.

SN Pradhan, the IG of special branch was quoted by the Times of India that plainclothesmen have been deployed to look after the Indian captai s movements.

“Vigil will be kept on even those who come to meet Dhoni or try to come close to him, even if they are fan. Instead of increasing the security cover of Dhoni, officers had been deputed to keep an eye on all activities surrounding the cricketer. We do not want to put him in cage,” he said.

“Though we hardly suspect terror activities in Jharkhand, we are trying to gather as much intelligence as possible before giving him a go-ahead to any direction in the capital,” Pradhan said.

According to sources, the terror outfits have provided photographs of some known celebrities and political leaders to its cadres to help them identify the icons and target them. IB officers said they were not ready to take any chance.