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HM assures security during badminton c’ship
Published on 8 Aug. 2009 11:36 PM IST
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Following an alert that militants would target the World Badminton Championship to be held in Hyderabad next week, Home minister P. Chidambaram Saturday assured that the tournament would take place “in complete security”. “I am satisfied that the World Badminton Championship will take place in complete security. No one need to have any apprehensions on this score,” Chidambaram said in a statement. “The alert in Hyderabad was based on information shared with the state police in a routine manner. There is no specific information that points to any imminent threat to the badminton championship.” The home minister pointed out that the state police had taken all measures necessary to fully secure the tournament and ensure the safety of every player. A terror alert was sounded for the tourney scheduled Aug 10-16. On Friday, officials of the Intelligence Bureau visited the stadium as well as the badminton academy being run by player-turned-coach Pullela Gopichand to take stock of the situation and alert the organisers over the possible threat from the Pakistan based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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