Security tightened for Hero Champiions Trophy final

Security tightened for Hero Champiions Trophy final

Security has been tightened for Hero Champions Trophy hockey final between Pakistan and Germany here today, particularly in view of unpleasant scenes witnessed after a high voltage India-Pak semi final last night.

"Elaborate security arrangements were already in place for the tournament. But security has been augmented further for the final match in order to prevent any untoward incident," Commissioner of Police R P Sharma said.

A tight security net has been thrown at the Kalinga Stadium where adequate number of police personnel, including plain clothsmen, have been deployed, he said.

While necessary security measures have been taken for the Pakistan High Commissioner who is slated to witness the title match, arragements were further strengthened especially in view of the situation created after the high voltage India-Pak semifinal last night.

Stating that Bhubaneswar spectators are mature enough not to react adversely to obscene gestures hurled by some Pakistan players after their victory last night, Sharma said police does not want to take any chance and is keen to ensure a smooth and trouble-free final.

At the Kalinga Stadium, steps have been taken for the deployment of an additional layer of police personnel at some places, while there is instruction for tight physical frisking, the police commissioner said. "Police is on high alert ... keeping a close vigil," he said.

Similarly, players are being provided adequate security and the entire route from their hotel to the stadium has been put under tight security, Sharma said.

While there is no threat of trouble or breach of security, arrangements made by the police must be fool-proof, Sharma said.

It may be noted here that Pakistani players had removed their shirts and made obscene gestures towards Indian fans and media after their 4-3 win over India last night prompting their coach Shahnaz to apologise for their conduct.

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