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IPL 2021: COVID-19 hit Bengaluru police unhappy with an extra burden to provide security
Bengaluru police are reportedly not thrilled with the additional responsibility of providing security for the IPL 2021 matches the city is scheduled to host starting May 9. The city police is itself dealing with the coronavirus crisis with over 700 policemen forced to isolate themselves after contracting the deadly virus that has ravaged the entire country.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the police are already overworked as it is ensuring the lockdown rules are followed strictly. However, they will have to set aside at least 300 policemen for IPL duties putting them under further stress.
"We will have to secure all entry and exit points of the stadium, conduct sanitization of the stadium, and provide escort for players and other staff, apart from security at the hotels," the leading English daily quoted an unnamed senior police officer as saying. Quoting an IPS officer, the report said the police are already providing its services on multiple fronts and have been forced to deploy home guards to meet the gap in manpower. "We have to conduct patrols, man check posts, provide security to Covid centers and hospital. We have deployed home guards to make fill the gaps in the manpower," the officer said.