Intruder leaks through BCB’s defence line

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:37, Oct 02,2016 | Updated: 00:05, Oct 03,2016

 
 

The Bangladesh Cricket Board officials said on Sunday that they are not worried regarding any security lapse that allowed an intruder entering the ground during the third one-day international between Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Mehedi Hasan, a computer science student of United International University, took the BCB officials aback when he entered the field during the 29th over of Bangladesh’s bowling and embraced national skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza.
BCB security officials rushed to the field immediately to take Mehedi away from the field and later handed over him to police who released him last night with an undertaking after long interrogation.
With the England team arriving after being promised of high-scale security an incident like it happening only a day after their arrival, the security lapse issue came up.
BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that they are not interested to launch any formal investigation against Mehedi.
‘We have just found he is an ordinary cricket fan. He entered the field out of excitement and had no ill intention. So we are not willing to drag the issue further,’ he said.
Major retried Hossain Imam, the chief security consultant of BCB, said that they are going to launch an investigation and local police are taking required measures to do so.
‘Naturally it will be a matter of investigation and police is looking after it,’ he said.
‘We had received some information and working on it,’ he said.
Masud Ahmed, the deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan police of Mirpur zone, said they formed a committee to see how a fan could go so close to the player.
‘We have also formed a committee to look into the matter,’ he said, without providing more details.
It was learnt that Mehedi entered the field with the help of a BCB official, who was identified as Sumon.
Sumon, whose second name could not be known, is a second year management student of Mirpur University College.
He was working in the logistic department of the BCB for the series against Afghanistan.
Mehedi was carrying a ticket worth Taka 100 and entered the field through gate number five.
But instead of getting into the gallery, Mehedi took his seat in grand stand after walking past the second floor in the company of Suman.
He walked all through second floor with Suman, who had arranged a seat for him in the grand stand.
The mobile phone of Suman was found to be switched off when BCB officials tried to contact him while he was not at home when law-enforcers put a raid on his house.
‘Everyone who was picked in our committees during a series had been cleared by the special branch. ‘So you cannot say that there is any kind of negligence in this regard,’ said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin.
Nizamuddin added that they will look after the matter if any internal security lapse is involved in the entire drama.
‘Naturally we will see whether any internal security lapse is there that prompted such an incident and if we can find it out we will take appropriate action,’ he said.

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