Begging is a criminal act in Andhra Pradesh state under the Prevention of Begging Act 1977. 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.
Since the order was given earlier this week, police have rounded up 198 people and have taken them to "structures" next to existing prisons, according to Singh.
He insisted the structures are not prisons, saying that the structures are merely located inside the same compounds as the jails. One of the structures is named Anand Ashram, which roughly translates to "Hermitage of Happiness," he noted.
Police say the plan is a humanitarian move and that authorities will first try to establish contact with the beggars' families before sending them into the units.
"All the facilities are there security, medical, food -- and all the basic amenities are being made to take care of the inmates," said A. Narasimha, a senior police officer in the prisons department.