Police in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are doing a last-minute sweep to get beggars off the streets ahead of Ivanka Trump’s visit later this month.
The unprecedented order was given by the city’s police commissioner earlier this week and will last for two months, according to V.K. Singh, the director general of prisons in Hyderabad.
Speaking on a wider issue surrounding Hyderabad’s begging crisis, Singh said: “There is a mafia or a network behind this who force people to beg or kidnap some children and force them into begging.”
But the recent campaign to move Hyderabad’s beggars off the city’s streets only started in late October, prompting speculation that it was in preparation for the summit.