India makes sure no ripe coconuts fall on Obama
A few days before President Obama's visit, U.S. and Indian security officials visited the Gandhi Museum and ordered the removal of ripe coconuts from the trees to prevent any accidental bonking.
MUMBAI, India — Staff security checks at the Gandhi Museum before President Obama's visit? Check. But the coconut-palm trees?
A few days before Obama's visit Saturday, U.S. and Indian security officials visited the small two-story building and ordered the removal of ripe coconuts from the trees to prevent any accidental bonking.
"People do get hurt, or even killed, from falling coconuts. We had the ripe coconuts removed and some dried branches as well. Why take a chance?" said Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, executive secretary of the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, on a quiet street in Mumbai.
In preparation for the visit, the museum was shielded from onlookers and neighbors by a high white tent that almost covered the building. The street was closed to pedestrians. Police were positioned on neighboring buildings.
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