Security blanket for Diaspora Day

Andhra has requested for additional police forces from other states.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 16:47 IST

With a series of mega events, including the high-profile 4th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, scheduled to be held in Hyderabad in January, Andhra Pradesh has decided to seek police forces from other states to provide security.

The decision came in the wake of a terrorist attack in the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, in which one professor was killed and four others were injured.

Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen said that additional police forces would be requisitioned from other states as part of security arrangements.

Sen said tight security arrangements would also be made for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held in Hyderabad from January 7 to 9. The president and the prime minister are scheduled to address the meet, to be attended by 2,000 non-resident Indians from various countries.

Chief ministers of 12 states also will be attending the event and address separate sessions to attract investment to their respective states.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy will address the delegates on January 8, the second day of the three-day event.

Some of the important initiatives to be announced include creation of special vehicles to facilitate overseas Indians' investment, a collaborative research institution and an e-based Indian Diaspora Knowledge Network, a platform that will facilitate global information exchange and networking between overseas Indians and India.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will inaugurate the event, will also give away the first Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card to a person of Indian origin, to formally launch the scheme.

The government of India would spend Rs 80 million ($1.76 million) to organise PBD, being organised by the ministry in partnership with Andhra Pradesh and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The city will also host the Indian Science Congress from January 3. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the five-day event, which will also be attended by President APJ Abdul Kalam and top scientists from India and abroad.

The police chief said all steps are being taken to provide security to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who will be attending the global convention of Buddhists 'Kalachakra' at Amravati near Guntur town January 5-16.

More than 1,00,000 Buddhist monks from various countries will be attending the convention. Guntur police have already received intelligence reports about a serious threat to Dalai Lama's life.

Special forces from other states would also form part of security arrangements for a Congress conclave to be held here from January 21 to 23. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, central ministers and VVIPs will be among thousands of delegates expected to attend the meet.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 14:14 IST