Security for IPL matches in Indore to be beefed up after Home ministry cited possible terrorist threat © Getty Images
New Delhi: May 9, 2011
The Centre has asked the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government to tighten security in Indore in the wake of intelligence inputs that terrorists may try to target the city during the two IPL matches to be hosted by it this week.
Acting on a tip off, the Home Ministry conveyed to the state government to deploy additional security forces in the city, particularly in and around Holkar Stadium, where the two IPL matches will be held on Friday and Sunday.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala will play against Kings XI Punjab on May 13 and Rajasthan Royals on May 15 in the city.
“We are not taking any chances on whatever information we have received. So, we have alerted the MP government to take all necessary security measures immediately,” a Home Ministry official said.
The state government has been advised to intensify its patrolling, checking of vehicles, thorough frisking of spectators and other security drills attached to the big event.
Earlier, the MP police have asked Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) to pay Rs 74.25 lakh for security during the IPL matches, to be played under floodlights at Holkar Stadium.
“We have asked KTK to pay Rs 74.25 lakh for security during the two IPL matches at Holkar Stadium,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maheshchandra Jain said.
He hoped the newly formed franchise will not have problem paying, as it would recover the sum through ticket sales. It is for the first time that IPL matches are being played in Madhya Pradesh. KTK has listed Holkar stadium as its domestic ground.