A day after denying security cover to the cricket teams of India and South Africa, the Chandigarh Police on Tuesday provided security to the teams.
The Men in Blue, led by Captain Virat Kohli are slated to face South Africa in the second T20 fixture at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.
Both the teams had reached Chandigarh on Monday but were devoid of security cover by the Chandigarh Police. The reason was non-payment of previous bills running into crores by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to Chandigarh police, forcing the latter to deny security cover.
Both the Indian and South African cricket teams were received at the Chandigarh International Airport and provided security by the Mohali police. However, Chandigarh Police did not provide security cover to the team inside its territory. The teams reached Hotel Lalit here safely and private security arrangements were made by the Hotel on Monday.
But, after assurances from BCCI for paying unpaid bills to the tune of Rs 9 crore, the Chandigarh Police on Tuesday provided security to the cricket teams. A senior officer of Chandigarh Police, requesting anonymity confirmed that security cover has been provided to both the teams. DSP (east) and 3 inspectors along with teams of police personnel are looking after the security of the teams, he said.
Due to non-payment of previous bills by BCCI, the UT Police had earlier decided not to provide security to the teams. The case pertaining to the non-payment of bills by BCCI is sub-judice, the officer said.
Despite several attempts, Shashank Anand, SP (Traffic and Security) Chandigarh did not respond to the calls.
Notably, both teams will head into the second T20 scheduled to take place in Mohali on Wednesday. The first match of the series was abandoned without a ball being bowled as persistent rain in Dharamsala made the conditions unplayable.