Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kalinga sena and Chappell

Indian Police arrested a cricket fan who accosted coach Greg Chappell after complaining about team selection. The former Australia captain was jostled as the Indian team arrived in Bhubaneswar on Monday to play in the second one-day international against West Indies.
India cricket boardvice-president Rajiv Shukla was quoted by AFP, saying: "I understand that Greg was not hurt but this is a serious security lapse. "We have demanded the state government increase security for the two teams." Amitabh Thakur, Bhubaneswar Superintendent of Police, said: "A man did try to break the security cordon andin doing so, stumbled on Mr Chapell."
The attacker was reported as shouting:"I am angry with Chappell because no player from Orissa has been included in the national team."
Bhubaneswar is the capital of Orissa state.
Chappell's attacker was taken away by police, and was later identified as Biranchi Maharana by local officials. He was in a group of about 50 protestors who had managed to mingle with other travellers in the airport terminal.
Their little known group, Kalinga Sena, had gathered at the airport waiting for the team to arrive from Nagpur. Chappell, appointed coach in 2005, was rushed onto the team bus stationed outside the airport gate.
India play the second one-dayer against the West Indies at Cuttack on Wednesday.

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