Once Kapil Dev’s training ground, now a temporary jail: India fights coronavirus
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: March 26, 2020 2:41:14 pm


chandigarh sports department,chandigarh turns down afghan plea, afghan plea to use sector 16 stadium, cricket news, chnadigarh news The cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh (Express Photo by Sahil Walia)

Once a floor the place the legendary Kapil Dev grew up playing cricket, the stadium in Chandigarh’s Sector 16 has been changed into a ‘temporary jail’ to detain those that violate the curfew imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

“We have converted the cricket stadium in Sector 16 and the sports complex in Manimajra into a temporary jail to house those who are found violating curfew orders,” a authorities functionary was quoted as saying by IANS.

For violation of curfew norms, a first info report (FIR) can be registered below Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) towards the violator, in keeping with the police. The Director General of Police has been requested to implement the curfew with none rest in anyway.

The Chandigarh administration on Tuesday acknowledged that the Punjab Jail Manual, Cricket Stadium in Sector-16 and Sports Complex in Manimajra are hereby declared as temporary jail until prohibitory orders stay in operation retaining in view the urgencies arisen because of the outbreak of COVID 19.

Spread over 15.32 acres, the Sector 16 stadium has a capability to carry greater than 20,000 folks. This stadium predates the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali and has been witness to the likes of Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma and Yograj Singh arising the ranks of youth cricket.

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The likes of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have additionally performed on the floor now and again, although the Mohali stadium was the popular stadium for home cricket for the foremost components of their careers

The floor has additionally hosted a Test match between India and Sri Lanka in 1990, the one Test on the venue.

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