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Heavy police to guard PSL matches


In an extensive sketch of security planning, Punjab police have deployed over ten thousand polices and more numbers of security forces to guard Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches. The fifth edition of the competition will start at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore from Friday.

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According to media reports, more than 10,000 police 16 SPs, 34 DSPs, and 103 Inspectors will perform during the matches to ensure foolproof security of the national and international players as well as spectators. Lahore Police DIG (Operations) Rai Babar Saeed said that maximum efforts would be made to contiune business activities around the venue.
To avoid unnecessary harassment to general people, the police will try to avoid roadblocks and some roads would be closed only during the movement of the players from their residential places to the stadium for minimum time period. Surety bonds have also been collected from the concerned persons to ensure peaceful matches, he said.

 

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On the other hand, three-layer security will be provided to the citizens who will only be allowed to enter the stadium after complete checking.

Rai Babar Saeed said, “We will also ensure complete implementation on SOP devised for PSL security to ensure peaceful atmosphere during the cricket season.”

He further said that round the clock monitoring of the residential places of teams, routes, matches and movements of players and citizens in and round the Cricket Stadium will be ensured through close circuity views.

The DIG said that Dolphin Squad, Elite and Police Response Unit teams will continue armed patrolling around the specific areas of the city. Snipers will be deputed on the rooftops to keep an eye on all the movements during these matches.

Search and sweep operations are being conducted on a daily basis in and around the cricket stadium and designated areas. He also asked the field officers to apply more effective strategy for foolproof security during these matches.

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