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No Chinese security for Olympic torch, says India

April 17, 2008

Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 16, 2008

As the clock started ticking for the arrival of the Olympic torch in New
Delhi, India on Wednesday said no Chinese personnel would be involved
with the security of the torch relay and assured that there will be no
repeat of the London and Paris hitches on the restricted route in the
Indian capital.

New Delhi also stressed that no Tibetan would be allowed near the torch
route between Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, but added that they can
hold their protests elsewhere in the city.

"As per international rules, there will be torch attendants from China.
There will be two Chinese torch attendants accompanying the flame on the
route," Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi told reporters.

"But there will be no Chinese security. The safety of the torch is
India's responsibility," he stressed.

"We have taken only normal security measures. Our security is much less
than what they had elsewhere in the world," Kalmadi said when it was
pointed out that the security along the Olympic route outstripped that
on Republic Day.

"We are confident that the relay will be successful. We don't want a
repeat of what happened in London and Paris," he said while alluding to
disruptions of the torch relay in Paris and London recently by pro-Tibet
protesters.

With China and the world community watching the passage of the torch
relay through India, where Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama lives and has
set up his government-in-exile in Dharamsala, the government has left no
stone unturned to ensure that the torch relay passes off without a hitch.

"It's a sacred torch. The entire world community is looking at how the
torch relay goes in India. We shall have a great torch relay tomorrow,"
he said.

Seventy Indians, including eminent athletes and sports personalities
like PT Usha and Anju Bobby George, will be participating in the 2.5-km
torch relay down Rajpath here on Thursday afternoon. The road is being
closed to the public at 1 pm.

Kalmadi, however, chose to keep the exact timing of the relay under
wraps in view of fears about Tibetan protesters trying to mar the show.

The fears of disruptions are very real. On Wednesday, about 100 Tibetan
activists tried to storm the Chinese embassy. However, the protestors
were whisked away by the police.

Commandoes from paramilitary forces and thousands of policemen have been
posted along the route from the presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan
to India Gate, the World War I monument in the heart of the capital.

Some Tibetans who have been camping here ahead of the Olympic torch
relay have reportedly gone missing, "probably to stage surprise
attacks", said intelligence officials.
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