New Delhi, Jan 21: Amid debates on how US President Barack Obama is going to travel to the Republic Day Parade on 26th January in India, speculations are rife that the President may travel the Beast-an advanced, bullet-proof, sound proof vehicle. Incidentally, the vehicle along with sophisticated vehicles have already landed at the Indian AirForce base.
While the Limo is on stand-by, the Beast is likely to ferry the President of India, a mini blood bank, and a doctor selected by the office of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, it has still not been decided whether the President's car will be shared by Obama on the way to Rajpath for the parade. Indian officials have told the US counterparts that it would be preferable if Obama travelled together with the Pranab Mukherjee, but if the Beast is very important, it could be added to the convoy.
On January 27th, Obama will travel on AirForce One to Agra from Delhi to visit the Taj Mahal. While the monument will ne open exclusively for the President, public entry will be restricted that day. However, the timings are yet to be declared.
Special security agents have already scoured the place, with the help of commandoes of the Agra Police. The 360 secret service agents, who handle the President's innermost circle of security have arrived in India, accompanied by seven Belgian Malinois sniffer dogs. Sharp shooters have already been placed at Agra high rises and all hotels have been instructed to upgrade their security systems and CCTV cameras. A complete guest list has to be shared with the security officials.