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Security tightened in the National capital towards Obama’s visit to India

President_Barack_ObamaNew Delhi/Agra : As security arrangements for US President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit are being put in top gear, Delhi Police Friday asked their counterparts in northern states to keep a watch on open areas for flying of para gliders and micro-light aircraft and share any terror-related information.

Informed sources said that a team of US Secret Service held meeting with Indian security agencies at the ministry of external affairs here to discuss the security arrangements, while Delhi police held a meeting with officials from northern states.

The sources said that US Secret Service team is keen on emergency exit routes and dummy routes at places Obama would be visiting during his visit.

Obama will be the chief guest for the Republic Day parade Jan 26. He is also expected to visit Agra Jan 27.

Sources said the US team also wanted all restaurants and hotels enroot Agra from Delhi to be completely sanitized and shut a day before Obama’s expected visit to the historic city to see Taj Mahal.

B.S. Bassi, Delhi police chief held a meeting Friday with senior police officials from the northern states ‘to share terror related intelligence and inputs about various extremist outfits and their designs’.

The meeting also discussed ways to curb ‘criminal activities in NCR (national capital region)’ and better coordination for the Republic Day and the forthcoming Delhi assembly polls.

‘We will make all adequate arrangements with our various units working together,’ Bassi told media.

Police officials in Agra said that commandos will take up positions along the Yamuna river bed at the rear of the Taj Mahal. ‘Fifty odd commandos will be in Agra from Jan 22 to 29,’ a source said.

Sources in the Agra administration indicated that the national highway to Delhi could be sealed for two days. Traffic from the Yamuna Expressway towards the city is also likely to be curbed.

They said that roads near the historic monument will be totally sanitized and barricaded. ‘The security agencies have already begun screening road-side shops and kiosks,’ an emporium-owner said.

‘A team of US security personnel visited Kheria airport and reviewed the security arrangements,’ said the officials.

Meanwhile a large number of American security personnel are believed to be already in the city, moving around and interacting with the locals as tourists in plainclothes.

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