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Maha, US security officials hold meet ahead of Obama visit

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 22:33

Mumbai: Ahead of US President Barack Obama`s arrival here next week, officials of the Maharashtra home department and city police on Tuesday held another closed-door meeting with American officials over the security arrangements for the high-profile visit.
"Though the final schedule of Obama`s visit to
different places in the city had not been revealed to us yet,
meetings on security arrangements had been going on for quite
some time now. Another meeting with American officials was
held today to discuss security-related issues," said a senior
police official.

Mani Bhavan, Marine Drive and the city`s red light
area Kamathipura are likely to figure in the itinerary of the
US President, he said.

However, American officials were advised to cancel
First Lady Michelle Obama`s visit to Kamathipura due to
security reasons, the official said.
"It would take at least a couple of days to get the
final schedule but as a precautionary measure, we are
sanitising the areas where Obama was likely to go."

The police have also started checking lodges and guest
houses. They plan to screen every person staying in the lodges
and guest houses in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal Palace,
where the US President will be staying.

Places like the Taj, Cafe Leopold and Colaba Causeway,
frequented by foreigners, will be checked, police said.


First Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 22:33

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