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Chandigarh Cricket Stadium is now a jail for curfew violators

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Published on March 30, 2020 with No Comments

In wake of the curfew imposed to control the outbreak of coronavirus Chandigarh administration has declared the Sector 16 cricket Stadium and the Manimajara sports complex as the detention centres or temporary jails.

With the administration strictly imposing restrictions, as many as 600 people were detained and 11 FIRs registered throughout the day.

“In exercise of power conferred under sub clauses 2 & 3 of clause 6 of the jail manual, Punjab, the Cricket Stadium Sector 16, Chandigarh, and Sports Complex, Manimajra, is hearby declared as temporary jail in UT Chandigarh, till the prohibitory orders remain in operation, keeping in view the urgencies due to outbreak of COVID-19,” stated home department order signed by Arun Kumar Gupta, Chandigarh home secretary, dated March 24.

Situated at the heart of Chandigarh and established in 1966, the stadium has hosted a Test match and five ODIs. It has produced number of international cricketers including the likes of legendry Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Yograj Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and VRV Singh, who all started playing cricket at this venue.

The stadium also serves as home to UT Cricket Association that hosted their maiden first-class season at this venue this year. “The police bought in 4-5 people in the morning and again few more in the afternoon. However, they all were whisked away in the evening,” the guard at the stadium said.

This is not the first time that the venue as been deemed as a temporary jail. Back in 2017 Chandigarh had declared the stadium as a ‘temporary jail’ on August 25, the day the special CBI court pronounced the verdict in the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.

The only Test match here took place between India and Sri Lanka way back from November 23 to 27, 1990, while the venue hosted its first ODI as far back as January 27, 1985 when India played against England. The last ODI was played between India-Australia in October 8, 2007. The venue as also hosted Ranji Trophy semi-final between Haryana and Jharkhand in 2004-05.

Reacting to the decision 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev said, “It’s a very good step and this is also the need of the hour. We have to take care of the interest of the nation and help our government. It’s a beautiful stadium and I’m very happy this might prompt other grounds and stadiums to come forward and offer their services. We are all in it together to fight this crisis facing humanity.”

 

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