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Writers’ Buildings turns into fortress for Clinton’s visit

May 05
03:04 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

KOLKATA: Writers’ Buildings, the state secretariat, has turned into a virtual fortress as part of heightened security ahead of the meeting of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 7.

The meeting will take place in the morning hours, a secretariat source told PTI.

A high-level meeting was held at which Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh, Commissioner of Kolkata Police R K Pachnanda were present.

Though there was no official briefing, reports said that the central gate entry point in the secretariat might be closed and the movement of scribes, officials and ministers restricted.

A metal detector was likely to be installed before the Press Corner.

Two teams of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have already studied the security aspects of Writers’ Buildings as also Raj Bhavan in the last two days.

As a prelude to Clinton’s visit, US Ambassador Nancy Powell, accompanied by US Consul-General Dean Thompson, had called on the chief minister on April 30. -PTI



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