1000 Policemen, in and around the Premadasa stadium
For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka cricket a 1000-man Police force including riot Police personnel will be deployed around the R Premadasa Stadium (RPS) with several CCTV systems installed to deal with any disturbances at the grounds during the 4th limited-over clash between Sri Lanka and India today (31).
This move by the Police came after a mob of angry Sri Lankan cricket fans threw water bottles into the grounds last Sunday in Pallekelle with India then poised to crush Lanka in yet another disappointing performance by the Lions. India won that third ODI in a canter. Due to the unruly behaviour of the angry fans, the game had to be halted for half an hour before India’s facile win.
Speaking to Ceylon Today, a senior police officer said that 1000 policemen have been deployed around the RPS and a special CCTV system has been installed to deter an unruly repetition of Pallekelle’s rowdy mobs.
Besides that, several units of Riot Police and the Police Special Task Force (STF) have also been deployed, Police added.
“There will be Police personnel in civilian attire inside the stadium for further protection and everyone who enters the stadium will be thoroughly checked,” he said, adding that anyone trying to break in to the playing area would be nabbed on the spot.
On August 20, after the first ODI, a group of fans also blocked the Sri Lankan team bus following their nine-wicket defeat.
International media reported that the ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft sought security assurance from Sri Lanka Cricket following these two incidents.