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IPL to add extra security after Bangalore blasts

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has promised security will be watertight during the remaining week of the IPL after two bomb blasts at the Chinnasamy Stadium yesterday in Bangalore injured 17 people.

Two home made bombs exploded outside the ground during the build up to the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s home game against the Mumbai Indians delaying the start of the game by an hour while the local police carried out a search around the ground.

"We are talking to police and government officials about security arrangements," said Modi to reporters on Sunday, "we are feeling quite confident."

Modi said there will be two levels of extra security outside the stadium for the remaining group games and the knock out stages which start on Wednesday.

"It will be a little inconvenient for the spectators but we’re leaving no stone unturned. Security will be watertight," said Modi.

The bombs which exploded outside the Chinnasamy Stadium were locally made and of low intensity according to police sources, of the 14 people injured only three remained in hospital on Sunday morning.

"At about 3.15 pm a minor blast has taken place in the wall adjacent to the gate no 12 of the stadium. Four constables were hurt - two were minor injuries. One security guard has been hurt seriously," said Mr Shankar Bidari, the city Police Commissioner.

"It appears that some explosives may have been hidden in the wall . There is no cause for panic. The game will go on. The bomb-experts are investigating. Perhaps, the explosives were placed behind a plastic board which was on the board. It was a single-brick wall. The explosives weren't powerful," he added.

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