High security ahead of Kolkata Test

The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams on Tuesday arrived in Kolkata amid tight security to play the second cricket Test starting November 30.

updated: November 30, 2007 19:10 IST
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The two teams arrived in Kolkata amid heightened security for the second Test starting November 30 at the Eden Garden.

The Indian team sources said several members have not yet arrived.

Sachin Tendulkar, VV S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Kartik, R P Singh and S Sreesanth and fielding coach Robin Singh will arrive on Wednesday.

Sreesanth and Singh, who will arrive on Friday, have been ruled out of the Test match on account of injuries.

Danish Kaneria and Mohammed Yousuf of the Pakistani team would arrive later this evening.

Tight security

There were several layers of security at the airport as the team buses rolled out of the tarmac from the VIP gates.

As part of the security drill, the members of the two teams boarded buses from the apron area at the NSC Bose International Airport after getting off from a Jet Airways aircraft from Delhi.

Kolkata Police commandos escorted the players to their hotel, which has been turned into a virtual fortress.

The managers of both the teams were briefed by the police brass about security guidelines, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Administration), P K Chatterjee said.

Supervised by a deputy commissioner of police, a large contingent has been deployed in and around the hotel.

While the Rapid Action Force of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is in charge of the four entry points to the hotel, the Quick Reaction Team and Special Action Force of the Kolkata Police as well as bomb experts have been deployed inside the building.

Earlier the entire hotel was sanitised with metal detectors and sniffer dogs. Even the routes the two teams will take to the stadium have been put under watch.

Chatterjee said that the police have arranged for baggage scanners like those at the airports.

The Indian and Pakistani teams are staying on the first and second floors respectively.

(With IANS inputs)