Specific inputs ahead of the cricket World Cup final warned that the Laskher-e-Taiba had forged identity passes of media personnel and sponsors to help its operatives gain entry to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Intelligence sourced from the foreign agencies led the Central security forces such as CISF to move in and take over the security of all entry and exit points at the stadium for the April 2 final.
As soon as foreign intelligence agencies conveyed inputs about LeT having readied fake media passes for covering ICC matches, the Centre immediately alerted the Mumbai Police to tighten security in and around Wankhede Stadium and decided to get CISF to take over all access points of the World Cup final venue. It was to finalise these security arrangements that a senior MHA official from centre-state division had paid a special visit to Mumbai on March 28.
The security drill at Wankhede ensured that each person was frisked and his pass/ticket checked, irrespective of whether he was a general spectator, mediaperson, sponsor or even a VIP.
Around 10,000 personnel of the Mumbai Police and Central forces drawn from CISF, Rapid Action Force and National Security Guard joined hands to throw an unprecedented security cordon around the Wankhede Stadium. While CISF manned the access control to the stadium and RAF reinforcements were stationed around it, the Mumbai Police posted its men in full strength for effective crowd-control. The National Security Guards , which has its regional hub in Mumbai, had put its commando teams and sharp-shooters on stand-by to rush in, for any terror emergency.
Several reports from a western intelligence agency had indicated that LeT commander Zabiuddin Ansari, on directions from al-Qaeda, had been plotting a terror attack coinciding with the ICC World Cup tournament in India. The inputs indicated that while some members of the LeT-al-Qaeda module had already entered India early last month, the remaining fighters, equipped with maritime training, may infiltrate the western coast just ahead of the planned attack. Economic Times