Srinagar 14 April: Director General of Police Shri K. Rajindra Kumar along with IGP Kashmir Shri SJM Gillani visited Handwara and took stock of the situation there in the morning and later DGP chaired a high level security meeting at Srinagar.
The security meeting at Handwara was attended by GOC kilo force Major General Shri Asit Mistry, DIG NKR Shri Utam Chand, DC Kupwara Rajiv Ranjan, SP Handwara Shri Ghulam Jeelani and other officers.
In both these meetings DGP Shri K. Rajindra Kumar directed that utmost restraint must be exercised while dealing with law and order situations and already laid down Standing Operative Procedures (SOPs) must be followed professionally and strictly so that there is no chance that these situations flare up.
The DGP directed that all the forces led by the officers should work jointly with perfect synchronization in the formulation of strategies and then in implementing these strategies on ground.
While discussing challanges with regard to security in view of the tourist season and in view of the recent incidents in the state he enjoined upon the officers to handle the situations with utmost care and not to give any chance to the anti-national and anti-social elements to vitiate the normalcy.
The meeting at Srinagar was attended among others by ADGP, CID Shri S.M Sahai, IGP CRPF Shri Atul Karwal, IGP CRPF Shri Nalin Prabhat, IGP Kashmir Shri SJM Gillani, IGP IRP/Armed Shri Sunil Kumar, IGP Traffic Shri Shafqat Watali, DIG SSB R.K Bumbla, DIG SKR Shri Nitish Kumar, DIG CKR Shri Ghulam Hassan Bhat, SSP Srinagar Shri Amit Kumar, SSP CID Shri Ramesh Jala, SSP Budgam Shri Fayaz Ahmad, SSP PCR Shri Suhail Munawar and SO to IGP Shri Showkat Sarwar.
Kings XI Punjab were scheduled to play three home matches in Nagpur in May and Shukla has said the franchise will now shift those games to Mohali and Dharamsala.
He also suggested that Jaipur was a prospective venue if either Mumbai or Supergiants expressed interest. “The RCA can’t host the match but the government has approached us to host the match,” Shukla said. “We will put Jaipur also in the option. Let’s see how the franchises react. We can host [matches without RCA being there]. There is a sports council of the government.”
Shukla revealed that Supergiants had requested the use of Eden Gardens as a home venue, but he said the rules of the IPL may not allow that.
“Technically, it’s very difficult because it is the designated home ground of a franchise,” he said. “So far two matches of Gujarat Lions are slotted in Kanpur. If these franchises they want Kanpur then those two matches will be played in Rajkot.”
While Chennai and Ranchi were ruled out, Shukla said he was waiting to hear from the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association on Indore’s availability to host games. “The MPCA secretary is checking with the authorities because the Kumbh Mela is going on and all the security forces have been deployed there,” he said.
Shukla said the biggest logistical challenge they faced was movement of equipment: “It is a gigantic exercise. Then all those things – the look and feel of stadium, ticketing, maintenance of ground and wickets – will have to be looked into as well.”
The court’s ruling came after a Public Interest Litigation questioned the hosting of matches in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, and the order affects 13 games in the tournament. Mumbai was scheduled to host four matches after April 30, including the tournament final on May 29. Pune will miss out on six matches, including the Eliminator and Qualifier 2, while Nagpur will not host any fixtures this season.
While hearing the PIL filed by Loksatta Movement, a Hyderabad-based NGO, last week, the court sought an explanation from the BCCI and the three state associations on why water should be “wasted” on hosting games when the state faced one of its worst ever droughts. In the next hearing, the court allowed the opening match to be held as scheduled in Mumbai on April 9, but, earlier this week, orally asked the BCCI if matches could be shifted out of Pune.
In its defence, the BCCI had stated that less water was used to prepare the ground for an IPL game when compared to an international fixture. The board also stated that it intended to use treated sewage water for ground preparation in Mumbai and Pune. Mumbai and Supergiants had also proposed to contribute INR 5 crore to the Maharashtra chief minister’s drought relief fund and supply 40 lakh litres of water to drought-hit areas at their own cost.