Delhi Police Meets Secret Service Agents Ahead of Obama Visit

Delhi Police Meets Secret Service Agents Ahead of Obama Visit

US President Barack Obama is set to take part in the Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest. (Agence France-Presse)

New Delhi: With just days to go before President Barack Obama arrives in Delhi, top police officers met today with at least two American secret service agents.

President Obama is the Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations which include the massive parade where India shows off its military strength.  He is expected to land in Delhi on January 25 and depart on January 27.

Today's meeting was attended by senior police officers from Delhi and neighbouring states. Intel agencies have warned in recent weeks of the possibility of a terror strike by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba in the lead up to the President's visit.  

In December,  after the Pakistani Taliban stormed a Peshawar school and killed nearly 130 children,  the Home Ministry sent an advisory to law enforcement agencies calling for increased security at vulnerable installations such as public transport, including railways, and schools.

"It is felt that till the end of January 2015, the security forces and the intelligence agencies need to remain on a very high alert mode to prevent untoward incidents witnessed recently in the neighborhood as well as in other parts of the world," the Home Ministry said.