New Delhi, April 16: High level security steps will be taken by Indian Govt to assure safe journey of Olympic torch relay in New Delhi on Thursday. The Government on April 16 issued an advisory for the relay on Rajpath, points of which are bizarre to say the least. Windows and doors of all buildings facing Rajpath will be closed from 1300 hrs IST onwards. No visitors will be allowed to enter government buildings overlooking Rajpath after 1300 hrs IST. Visitors cannot leave the buildings after 1300 hrs IST until the relay gets over.
Security agencies are now more cautious after two days of protest by Tibetan activists. More than 100 Tibetan activists tried to storm the Chinese embassy on Wednesday but their plan was foiled and 63 of them were detained due to tight security.
Govt has taken strict security measures such as; only government employees with identity cards will be allowed to access these buildings or leave these buildings; only military, police and security personnels will be allowed access to rooftops and balconies near Rajpath. Fire safety checks will be carried on all buildings on the route and incinerators will be banned for duration of the rally. Nobody will be allowed to assemble on the lawns of North Block and South Block.