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Clampdown in Gujarat for Karachi ODI

March 11, 2004 14:50 IST

Several security measures will be put in place in all sensitive areas across Gujarat during the one-day international cricket match between India and Pakistan in Karachi on Saturday.

Even though programmes have been held in Ahmedabad in a show of Hindu-Muslim unity, police are taking no chances and a stand-to (alert) situation will come into action from Friday itself, Joint Commissioner of Police P C Thakur said.

Ample security forces, including 17 companies of the State Reserve Police Force and five companies of the Border Wing Home Guard, will be deployed at strategic places, he said.

Officials will also keep an eye on bookies and have already started a crackdown by making preventive arrests, Thakur said.

In Vadodara city, where communal violence in sensitive localities in recent weeks has prompted officials to take stern action, the police will maintain a tight vigil.

In the sensitive Panchamahals district, patrolling will be done to prevent any untoward incident, B S Jha, District Superintendent of Police, said.

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