Security for Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar has been tightened following reports of terrorist plans to target the country’s leading figures.
Tendulkar is now being shadowed by armed bodyguards while his residence in Mumbai is under police guard, the officials said.
Tendulkar, the world’s leading scorer in one-day Internationals (ODIs) with 14,146 runs and a record 39 centuries, is currently in Bangalore training for next month’s triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka. Television news channels flashed footage of Tendulkar being tailed by two security men.
Sri Lanka will be his first international assignment since the third and final Test against England at Mumbai in March. A shoulder injury forced him out of ODIs against England at home and then a tour of the West Indies.
The media on Sunday quoted intelligence sources as saying a plan to target personalities emerged during the interrogation of suspects in the Mumbai train blasts which left 183 dead this month.
“It is a routine alert from the Intelligence Bureau.
“We have taken care of Tendulkar’s security at the hotel where the cricketers are staying,” senior Bangalore police officer G. B. Chebbi told ‘The Times of India’.
The master batsman has been provided with two personal security men and an armed guard around the clock, the official added.
India face Sri Lanka on August 16 in their opening match of the tri-series which also features South Africa.
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