Determined for Pakistan, India to not play in Kolkata: ATFI


The Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) has written to the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, to not allow any kind of arrangements for the Pakistan team during the World T20.

Earlier, the ATFI threatened to dig up the pitch of the Eden Gardens and on Saturday their national president Viresh Shandilya has reiterated the claim saying that they are determined to stop Pakistan from playing against India on March 19.

“Hosting the Pakistanis is an insult to all brave soldiers who died in attacks,” said Shandilya. “We have written to the [West Bengal] chief minister urging her not to allow any kind of arrangements including security for the match.”

The ATFI president further said that they will launch agitations across Kolkata: the protests will be carried out at the Eden Gardens, the team hotels and the airport from March 14 onwards.

“We are determined to prevent this match from happening and for that we are ready to dig up the Eden [Gardens] pitch,” he added. “We are also seeking the intervention of the Union Home Ministry so that Pakistan team is not allowed to enter India.”

After receiving the written assurance from Mamata, Pakistan government gave the teams the go-ahead to travel to India.