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Threat letter to French consulate demands cancellation of Hollande’s visit

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Bengaluru: The French consulate in Bengaluru on Thursday received a letter cancellation of French President Francois Hollande’s India visit.

The ‘intimidating’ letter arrived by post on January 11 and a case was registered at the city’s High Grounds police station on January 14. However, the police sources remained tight lipped about the contents of the letter.

A senior police official said on Thursday that the commissioner of police will make an official statement later in the day.
Hollande is the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to receive Hollande in Chandigarh on January 24, the first day of his visit.

Modi and Hollande will also jointly lay the foundation of Interim Secretariat of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Gurgaon on January 25. Given the high-profile visit, falling on the eve of the Republic Day, the city police and the administration authorities are taking no chances and have tightened security.

In view of the preparations of the Republic Day, a senior police officer said they will partially or completely shut down 71 high-rise buildings in the vicinity of Rajpath on or before January 25. “The same numbers of buildings were shut down partially or completely before 2015’s Republic Day celebrations too, in which US President Barack Obama was the chief guest. But in 2014, we had to shut around 45 of them,” said the officer.

The event will be attended by senior ministers apart from delegates from India and France.

 

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