4,000 strong policemen deployed for CSK-KKR match

Vastavam web: A 4,000 strong posse of policemen will be deployed for security tomorrow for the CSK-KKR tie, amid intensified opposition to the IPL matches to be held here with a pro-Tamil outfit agitating over the Cauvery issue threatening to hold protests outside the game venue.Seven Indian Premier League matches are scheduled to be held here between April 10 and May 20.

Flags and banners have been banned, with commandos and Rapid Action Force personnel forming part of the security for the tie.Spectators would not be allowed to carry firecrackers, inflammable materials and firearms, besides bags, mobile phones, brief-cases, pagers, radios, digital diaries, laptops, computers, tape-recorders, binoculars, remote control devices, remote control car-keys or any other electronic devices, Taml Nadu Cricket Association said in a release.He said “it would be good” if the BCCI respected the sentiments and not conduct the match here but government would provide all support, including security, as per laid down guidelines.

Political parties and outfits have been demanding that IPL matches not be held at this time, saying the state is witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed issue.Opposition DMK Working President M K Stalin had said the organisers of IPL matches should realise the issues faced by the people and act accordingly.Tamil film star Rajinikanth had suggested that CSK team players play with black bands as a mark of expressing the anguish of people who have been staging protests demanding setting up of Cauvery Management Board.

He had said the Centre might face the wrath of entire Tamil Nadu if CMB was not set up immediately.Pro-Tamil outfit Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) today warned of picketing the stadium tomorrow if the IPL stuck to its Chennai calendar.Police in a release tonight said that as part of the stringent measures, a 4,000 strong police force, comprising one team of commandos and four teams of personnel of Rapid Action Force, besides a number of senior officials, would be part of the security detail inside and outside the M A Chidambaram stadium, where the match will be held.Meanwhile a group of prominent film actors and directors launched a forum to back Tamils’ cause in the state and called for “postponement'” of IPL fixtures in the state,saying it was “boiling” over the Cauvery issue.

Veteran film director Bharathiraja, part of the forum, told reporters IPL would “divert” the prevailing “awakening” among the youth in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue.”Tamil Nadu is boiling…we are not saying there is no need for IPL.. Please postpone (the matches). IPL will divert the awakening among the youth over Cauvery issue,” he said.The state has witnessed widespread protests for the past one week, with political parties, farmers outfits and others, including the Tamil cinema industry, urging the Centre to establish the Cauvery Management Board to implement the February 16 verdict of the apex court.

On February 16, the Supreme Court raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.The court had granted six weeks time to the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute, which modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award of 2007.