Clinton visit: Hotel Taj turned into fortress

Clinton visit: Hotel Taj turned into fortress

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Hotel Taj Palace and Tower in south Mumbai, which bore the brunt of November 26 terror attacks, has been turned into a fortress for the stay of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived on Friday night.

Clinton, who is in the country's financial capital for a little over a day, will stay in the Tower Wing of the hotel, as the Heritage wing that houses presidential suits was severely damaged during the terror strike and is being renovated.

The entire floor where Clinton will be staying has been cordoned off and background checks of other guests staying at the hotel have been conducted, police officials said, adding that the Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad (BDDS) will check the areas where Clinton is expected to visit.

Plain clothes and uniformed policemen will guard the lanes leading to the hotel while explosive detectors and other surveillance equipment have been installed inside, they said.

Armed policemen from special units of the state police, the Central agencies and personnel from the State Reserve Police Force and Rapid Action Force will to be deployed in the areas.

City police officials said there are unlikely to be any traffic diversions in the areas through which the entourage of the US dignitary will pass.

Story First Published: July 17, 2009 22:09 IST

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