Force One inspect venues of Obama`s visit

As part of its security measures, a team of Force One, the special terror counter unit formed on the lines of NSG, has inspected the venues that are on the itinerary of Barack Obama during his two-day visit to the city.

Mumbai: As part of its security measures,
a team of Force One, the special terror counter unit formed on
the lines of National Security Guard, has inspected the venues
that are on the itinerary of the US President Barack Obama
during his two-day visit to the city.

A team of senior officials of the Force One has
visited Taj Mahal, Trident, Taj President and Grand Hyatt
hotels where the rooms were booked by the US officials for
their stay, a senior police official said.

The premises of St. Xavier`s College, Mani Bhavan and
Holy Name school and University of Mumbai, where the US
President would visit, were also inspected by the team, the
official added.

"The purpose of their inspection was to get a
first-hand knowledge about the premises and its vicinity. The
topographies of these places were studied. Details such as
entry and exit points, buildings adjacent to the venues etc
were among the various things that were noted and studied by
the team," the official said.

When contacted, Force One chief Sadanand Date refused
to comment on it citing security reasons.

Though the US First Lady Michelle Obama`s programme at
Kamatipura--a red light area in the city--was cancelled, the
physical features of this area was also studied, the official
said.

The Force One would be part of the security apparatus
that would maintain hawk`s eye during the high-profile visit.
Police have also issued notices to boat operators asking them
not to ferry vessels from the Gateway of India for three days
beginning November 5.

All roads close to the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel, where
Obama will be staying during his visit, will remain closed for
public for two days.

PTI

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