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Indian Security Officials Work to Protect Obama From Falling Coconuts

November 3, 2010

If you thought paying a whopping $200 million per day for the president and his entourage to visit India was crazy, wait until you hear the latest news out of Mumbai.

According to the BBC, security officials in the capital city have ordered that all coconuts be removed from trees which could potential fall on the American president’s head. (h/t Weasel Zippers)

Officials in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) have taken extraordinary measures to protect US President Barack Obama ahead of his visit. In their effort to provide maximum security in the run-up to his visit on Friday, they have removed coconuts which may fall on his head from trees.

All coconuts around the city’s Gandhi museum have now been cut down, an official told the BBC.

Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts.

Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his freedom struggle against the British, is among five places the US president is visiting apart from a school, college and hotels attacked by Islamic militants in 2008.

“We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building. Why take a chance?” Mani Bhavan’s executive secretary, Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, told the BBC.

Mahatma Gandhi has been cited by the president as an inspiration to him – he has [sic] a portrait of the independence leader in his senate office.

President Obama once famously said that he would like to have had dinner with Mr. Gandhi.

No stone has been left unturned by the authorities to guarantee Mr Obama’s safety.

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