Multi-layered security for Bush at Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Mar 1: United States (US) Secret Service agents along with the military intelligence, the Intelligence Bureau and the Andhra Pradesh police have made extensive arrangements to provide a multi-layered security cover to US President George W Bush, when he lands here on March 3.
President Bush will participate in two programmes at the Pearl city, one at the NG Ranga Agricultural University and another at International School of Business. Mr Bush would reach the venues by US Marine choppers.
As many as 800 security personnel belonging to both the US and Cyberabad Police are keeping a strict vigil on the University campus. The football ground, where the main function will be held, has been taken over by army of security personnel equipped with gadgets and sniffer dogs.
National Seeds Project, a research farm, where the US President is expected to inspect farms and interact with farmers, has virtually become a fortress.
Besides the permanent helipad laid for the recent visit by President A P J Abdul Kalam, four more are being levelled to receive the five choppers that the Americans will use to fly between Begumpet airport and the University campus.
Check-posts have been set up at various points, manned by armed guards for checking vehicles and sealing all entry and exit points.
It is learnt that Indian Air Force jets will enforce a no-fly zone at the venue, armed with anti-missile systems. Apart from this a state-of-the-art communication network that can jam remote control signals within a radius of 20 km and send high speed data and receive signals directly from satellites has already been put in place by US agents at a star hotel just opposite the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's campus office on Begumpet road.
US bomb disposal experts and sharpshooters are camping in the city for the the last one week to prepare the ground for the President's visit.
Though there is no official announcement of US President's visit to International School of Business, the security agencies are leaving nothing to chance.
In view of the tight security, air traffic at the Begumpet Airport, where all flights and Choppers of the US President would land, might be disrupted, airport officials said.
The airport authorities said, "So far, we have not received the number of choppers and flights assigned to the US President visit landing at the airport." But they confirmed that there could be an imminent interruption to the international and domestic flights at the airport on March 3.