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The Chinese have entered Kalmadi's office
Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | April 14, 2008 17:53 IST
Last Updated: April 14, 2008 17:55 IST
Suresh Kalmadi, president of the Indian Olympic Association, is working in tandem with the military attache of the Embassy of China to make the Olympic torch relay ceremony on April 17 a mishap-free event.
Tibetans living in India are expected to oppose the torch relay event in New Delhi.
Thousands of Tibetans living in Karnataka have moved to the north to protest on April 17. In view of their discontent, the government of India has ensured safe passage of the torch relay event to the Chinese government, which is very wary of the violent and embarrassing protests.
In London [Images], on April 6 when the torch arrived it was guarded by the London police and also Chinese security men disguised in blue and white tracksuits.
Lord Coe, chairman of Olympic committee, was so irritated by this that he called them, "thugs."
But in India, the chief of the Olympics [Images] committee himself is providing all courtesy to the Chinese security experts.
A senior staffer of the Chinese embassy along with 8 to 10 Chinese assistants are camping right inside Kalmadi's office in Nehru stadium.
The stadium is under repair and quite shabby. The Chinese are offered all the data of invitees and details of the security arrangement.
When some journalists wanted to know names of the Chinese officers camping in the meeting room of Kalmadi's office of the Commonwealth Games, they were asked to vacate the premises.
By having the Chinese right inside the office of the president of IOA, the government may be not taking any chances to take the blame alone in case of any breach of security at Vijaypath on April 17.
Not only has the 2.5 km road on Vijaypath been covered from all sides, it seems that common people may not be able to view the event. There is a strict procedure to be followed to obtain passes to cover the event.