Amid tight security arrangements ahead of US President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to India for the Republic Day ceremony on January 26, US agencies seem to be dissatisfied with the country’s security measures.
Though extra precautions are being taken during the President’s visit, the US and Indian security agencies still continue to disagree over the safety and security measures.
25 United States Secret Service agents have been arrived in the national Capital on Tuesday. As per report, an official said, “an ‘advance security liaisoning meeting’ was held in the basement of the Maurya Sheraton hotel where the senior officials of intelligence agencies and officials from Security Wing of Delhi Police, Additional Commissioner of Police SBS Tyagi and Additional DCP Amit Roy were present.”
While the US agency has put forward a number of requests over security measures, Indian agency has denied some of them.
US agency has asked either to cut short the event of Republic Day or said to make sure Obama is attending the event for not more than 45 minutes. However, this was refused by the government.
The agency has also asked for a no-fly zone around five kilometre radius near Rajpath during the ceremony but it was also denied as it is the tradition for the Indian Air Force to do a flypast on Republic Day.
According to reports, the US secret service officials reportedly said that the Indian commandoes have given unsatisfactory results in the aptitude test on security along with surprise checks conducted by the agency.
They said, due to the same, the Central Intelligence Agency is bringing their Concealed Anti-Terrorists (CAT) squads to the national capital.
While the US agency said they want the city to be cleared of people, an official at the Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly said, “We want to avoid clearing the city completely. It is an inconvenience for the general public and we wish to maintain an ‘organic’ look of the city rather than it feeling like a deserted town.”
Meanwhile, as per a report from the Agra Police to the Union home ministry, a dozen control rooms and a master control would start functioning there from January 25.
The areas around Agra Air Force station, Eidgah Bus Stand, Motor Road, Awantibai Crossing, M.G. Road and Fateh Road would be blocked on January 26 and 27.
Also, over 100 new CCTV cameras have been installed across the city. However, noting all the security measures are being done so fast, the Delhi High Court has said, “Because of a foreign president, you do it, but not for Indian citizens. If we direct you to do it for Indians, you do in months and years, else you do it in weeks. Let’s get someone from outer space.”