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Diversionary incidents cannot be ruled out during Obama visit, says Parrikar

India has taken extra precautions on the border with Pakistan in view of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit on Republic Day, but Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar did not rule out the possibility of some incident in a bid to create a diversion.

“The borders are well protected and guarded. What happens in Kashmir does not matter to security here, but sometimes something is done to create a diversion,” he told presspersons after visiting the National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp here on Wednesday.

On the defence cooperation agreements likely during the upcoming visit, Mr. Parrikar said the Indo-U.S. Defence Framework Agreement would be extended.

Tight security in Agra

Staff Reporter writes from Meerut:

The Agra administration, in coordination with American security agencies, is ready with “unprecedented” security arrangements for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit.

Sunil Kumar Gupta, Inspector General of Police, Agra zone, is in charge of the security arrangement, especially between Kheria airport and Taj Mahal.

A 30-member security team of Mr. Obama has been camping in Agra to check the security drill on a daily basis. According to Rakesh Modak, SSP Agra, about 100 American security personnel and 5,000 Indian security forces will provide a protective cover to Mr. Obama and his family when they visit Taj Mahal on January 27. The monument will be closed to the public that day.

CCTV cameras will be installed on the route along Kheri airport and Taj Mahal.

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