HI­MACHAL VOWS SE­CU­RITY COVER, BCCI SAYS BALL IN PAK’S COURT

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SHIMLA/ NEW DELHI: The Hi­machal Pradesh high court dis­posed of a plea on Fri­day to main­tain law and or­der dur­ing the In­di­aPak­istan World T20 match sched­uled in Dharamshala on March 19 af­ter the state govern­ment as­sured the court it would en­sure se­cu­rity.

BCCI of­fi­cial Ra­jeev Shukla said the match was on and the ball was in Pak­istan’s court af­ter the se­cu­rity as­sur­ance had been ex­tended. The mouth-wa­ter­ing clash awaited by fans ei­ther side of the bor­der was a doubt­ful starter af­ter state CM Virb­hadra Singh wrote to the Union home min­is­ter that it could lead to a law and or­der cri­sis as Pak­istani ter­ror­ists con­tin­ued to tar­get In­dia.

“We hope and trust that in the mean­time the re­spon­dents will re­solve the con­tro­versy at their own level while keep­ing in view the na­tional in­ter­ests, and the learned ad­vo­cate gen­eral will put in his best ef­forts,” a divi­sion bench com­prised of chief jus­tice Man­soor Ah­mad Mir and jus­tice Suresh­war Thakur ob­served while dis­pos­ing of the pe­ti­tion.

Ad­vo­cate gen­eral Shrawan Do­gra told the court the state was un­der le­gal obli­ga­tion to main­tain law and or­der. The Cen­tre could pro­vide para­mil­i­tary forces to en­sure se­cu­rity dur­ing the match.

“If the [ Hi­machal Pradesh] chief min­is­ter [Virb­hadra Singh] asks for se­cu­rity forces, we will pro­vide,” Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said on Fri­day.

On Fri­day, the CM said he had left the mat­ter to the or­gan­is­ers.

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