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Olympic torch has smooth run in Delhi

April 18, 2008

Guarded by about 17,000 security personnel, the Beijing Olympic torch was taken through a 2.3 km stretch in New Delhi without any disruption on Thursday amid anti-China protests by Tibetans in some parts of the country.

The majestic Rajpath witnessed unprecedented security for a symbolic event which was smooth and incident free.

Olympic torch lands in Bangkok The Prime Minister's office and Ministries of Defence, External Affairs and Finance lining the torch route from Rashtrapati Bhavan remained closed for five hours.

The run, lasting about 40 minutes, was truncated from nine km in contrast to the 31-km relay four years back when the Athens Olympic flame passed through the capital and was witnessed by thousands of people with gusto.

Nearly 70 participants in the relay were guided by Chinese security guards in blue and white tracksuits while crack Delhi police commandos wearing a red and white sportsgear ran alongside.

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