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Mar 28, 2012 at 06:49pm IST

BRICS summit: Hu Jintao in India, Tibetans taken into preventive custody

New Delhi: The trade ministers of BRICS countries are meeting in Delhi on Wednesday to discuss ways to strengthen economic ties. Chinese President Hu Jintao landed in New Delhi on Wednesday amidst high security even as Delhi Police took scores of Tibetans into preventive custody after a youth who immolated himself in protest against his Jintao's visit died in hospital.

The Brazilian, Russian and South African leaders had arrived earlier. The Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday angrily blamed the self immolation attempts on a Dalai Lama clique.

The Indian government is trying to walk a tight-rope amidst Tibetan and Chinese concerns. China has blamed the Tibetan self-immolation attempt to those close to the Dalai Lama.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "All of their deeds show that a group of Dalai followers are responsible for planning the self-immolations. Maiming and destroying human life in order to reach the separatist political goal of Tibetan independence will never succeed."

President Pratibha Patil is scheduled to host a dinner for all heads of state that include Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, South African President Jacob Zuma and Chinese Premier Hu Jintao. later on Wednesday evening.

Bilateral talks between the nations will be held on Thursday.

Tibetans-in-exile have intensified their protests in Delhi objecting to Hu Jintao's India visit. On Monday, a young Tibetan attempted self-immolation during a protest in Jantar Mantar.

There is a multi-layered security along the route, places of stay and the summit venue. Five thousand policemen have been deployed across the hotels and the summit venue and 2000 more will handle traffic and VVIP movements.

And this means nightmare for commuters - get ready for restrictions around India Gate. And 15 to 20 minutes stoppage time due to VVIP movements.

Also, avoid taking Sardar Patel Marg. It will be out of bounds between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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