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India assures China about Olympic torch safety

Press Trust Of India
Mar 26, 2008 at 08:40pm IST

New Delhi: Already unhappy over pro-Tibet demonstrations in India, China has now made the security of the Olympic torch during its passage through India an issue which has brought forth an assurance from the government that proper protection will be ensured for the flame.

The National Security Adviser MK Narayanan said that India would ensure proper security for Olympic torch during its relay in the country.

"The government will make all arrangements to ensure that the Olympic flame passes through India safely. We have taken precaution on that," Narayanan said.

MARCHING ON: Tibetan Youth Congress activists shout slogans as they carry the Tibet Independence Torch in Dharmsala.

In the wake of last Friday's incident when a group of Tibetan protestors stormed its Embassy, China is worried about the security of the Olympic torch that will go through India from April 17, sources said.

China is not even ruling out bypassing the country if it is not sure of foolproof protection, the sources said.

The Chinese Embassy has taken up the issue of security for the torch with the Indian government and the matter is under discussion, the sources said.

Top officials of the Embassy are engaged in talks with the authorities in the External Affairs Ministry and Indian Olympic Association about ensuring proper security for the torch, they said.

The Chinese side, which was earlier appreciative of the security arrangements made by India at the Embassy, has become doubtful about the protection of the torch after last Friday's incident.

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