Much Awaited Olympic Torch Finally in India

By: shantanu sengupta

The much-awaited Olympic Torch Relay was held in Delhi amid war-like security arrangements. The entire Delhi turned into a fortress with more than 15,000 security personnel guarding the 2.3 km route where the relay was held. A 3-layer security ring was formed by the Delhi Police to prevent any untoward incident. It was a historic moment for India despite the protest organized by a section of society including the
Tibetan protesters.

Common people were not allowed to gather across the route because of the security concerns. Even the near-by buildings were shut by the security personnel. The entire show was a congregation of security personnel, sportspersons, celebrities, media persons and the big people who were invited to the relay. No civilians were part of the Torch Relay. Both Indian and Chinese commandos were running along with the torch.

The Olympic Torch was taken to Rashtrapati Bhawan from the Hotel Le Meridien. It was then taken to Vijay Chowk where it began its journey to India Gate. Delhi CM Shiela Dixit handed over the torch to Suresh Kalmadi. Milkha Singh was the first sportsperson to carry the torch

At least 15 - 20 Tibetan supporters were arrested who were trying to disrupt the Olympic Torch Relay on Rajpath. When the Olympic Torch reached India Gate after covering a distance of 2.3 km, it was greeted by a huge gathering including schoolchildren. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were the last to run with the torch and they lit the fire in the presence of Shiela Dixit, Suresh Kalmadi and Sports Minister M S Gill. The Olympic Torch will be now taken to Bangkok, capital of Thailand.

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