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World T20 security: India refuses to give written assurance to Pakistan

KOLKATA: The Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that no written assurance will be given to Pakistan regarding their security in the World T20.

He added that security is in place for all teams.

“We are there to protect all the teams who are participating in the World Cup and it is our obligation and sovereign duty to secure everybody who is in Indian territory. It is our duty to provide security to each team. CISF will be the provided security at the venue,” NDTV cited Rijuju as saying.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has assured foolproof security to the Pakistan cricket team during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament. Concerned with security arrangements in India, Pakistan have demanded security assurance before letting their teams fly out to India.

The ICC moved the marquee clash between India and Pakistan from Dharamsala to Kolkata. The decision came in the wake of a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board that was concerned with security in Dharamsala following protests by former Army personnel.

The West Bengal chief minister has written to Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly and asked him to inform the BCCI and the ICC that the state government will provide full security to the Pakistan team for the match at Eden Gardens.

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