Indian authorities remove beggars from streets ahead of Ivanka Trump visit

City is preparing for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which the First Lady is attending

Friday 10 November 2017 23:35
US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump delivers a speech on women's empowerment in Tokyo
US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump delivers a speech on women's empowerment in Tokyo

People begging on the streets of Hyderabad, India, are being rounded up by police ahead of a summit to be attended by Ivanka Trump.

For the next two months, begging has been made an offence in the southern Indian city and more than 6,000 people are expected to be detained in a rehabilitation facility, Indian media reported.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) event, an annual meeting of investors and people starting new businesses, is set to run from 28 November to 30 November, and this year is focused on the theme of “empowering women”.

The local government is apparently keen on presenting the city as a global capital and so far nearly 400 people have been removed from the streets as preparations for the visit continue.

“As per instructions of Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy to make the city beggar-free, we have shifted those in our area to rehabilitation centre,” Goshamahal Assistant Commissioner of Police, Narender Reddy, told The Indian Express.

Anyone found to be violating the ban will be liable for punishment, the exact details of which are unknown.

Ahead of the GES authorities have also repaired roads and re-painted the area.

Ms Trump is expected to speak at the event and India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is also expected to attend.

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