Sun, 06 May 2012 18:48:29 GMT

Kolkata fortified for Hillary visit

Kolkata: Tight security was in place as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrived in Kolkata Sunday, with even outbound and incoming flights from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport halted from the time her plane came on the radar till the point the former first lady and her long convoy left the tarmac.

Kolkata fortified for Hillary visit

Clinton, wearing a suit and sporting dark glasses, was escorted out along with her entourage by paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and US Bureau of Diplomatic Security officers.

A dummy convoy was sent half an hour before Clinton's convoy while city police officers scanned the route well in advance. Special officers were deputed to keep away stray animals from her way.

A presidential suite with the entire floor has been reserved for her in south Kolkata's Taj Bengal hotel where she has put up. A team of over 40 policemen including three combat teams is to remain posted around the hotel. Special arrangements have been made for the hotel staff allowed to access Clinton's floor.

Shops in and around the hotel had been ordered to remain shut while visitors to the hotel have also been restricted, said a hotel official.

The establishments in the city where the diplomat is scheduled to visit including the state secretariat - the Writers' Building - have been cordoned off and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers are frequenting the places to ensure fool proof security for the top US diplomat.

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