India declares South Mumbai a no-fly zone for World Cup final with Sri Lanka

Mar 31, Mumbai: Enforcing heavy security measures in preparation for the Saturday’s World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium India has declared the entire south Mumbai a no-fly zone to prevent any possible aerial attacks.

Indian police has said that only aircraft belonging to the security agencies including the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and others will be allowed in the air space.

According to the police, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as other high level VIPs of both countries are expected to attend the Saturday’s World Cup final.

The Maharashtra state government has already declared a holiday for Mumbai city and suburbs Saturday, Indian media reported.

The authorities have also decided to ban group text messages for the day and are conducting background checks on various foreign nationals living or touring in south Mumbai.

Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik has said that all security personnel have been issued special bio-metric identity cards and instructed to operate at ‘zero tolerance’ levels on the match day, the IANS reported.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday amid heavy security from commandos and crack units of the Mumbai police.

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