Public Barred From Delhi Torch Run

Torch route shortened; few can attend
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2008 9:49 AM CDT
A Tibetan protester is led away by Indian police as he and others try to reach the India Gate where the Olympic torch rally is in progress in New Delhi, Thursday, April 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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(Newser) – The Olympic torch was carried through New Delhi today, escorted by 15,000 police on a route shortened to less than two miles through a locked-down city center, the AP reports. Some 70 runners each held the torch for just seconds before handing it off. Only a few hundred, sitting in bleachers, saw the event, which was closed to the public

Meanwhile, thousands of Tibetans staged their own torch run, beginning at the site of Mohandas Gandhi’s cremation, and celebrated with prayer and traditional dancing. A number of prominent Indians, including the country’s former defense minister, joined in; public sentiment in the country supports the Tibetan cause.