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Independence Day 2021: Red Fort closed for public from today till August 15 amid security threat and pandemic

Just a day after security agencies put the national capital on high alert over intel regarding a possible terror attack on India’s 75th Independence Day, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said that Delhi’s iconic Red Fort will be closed for the public from today till August 15.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under Rule 6 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules, 1959, the Director General, Archaeological Survey of India hereby direct that there shall be no entry inside the Red Fort from the morning of 21st July, 2021 to 15th August, 2021 till the Independence Day celebration is over,” ASI communique stated.

The Delhi Police had in a letter on July 12 suggested that the Lal Qila be shut down from July 15 due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic and other security reasons.

Intelligence agencies have put Delhi on high alert after getting tips about a possible terror attack ahead of August 15. According to the intel, a major terrorist conspiracy has been hatched to rattle the national capital on August 5 on the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, which led to the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The police force has already scaled up security in the national capital, including its borders at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur as the Monsoon Session of Parliament is also in progress.

“To counter anti-drone challenge, staff is being trained on how to respond to unfriendly objects. Coordinated training with Air Force, NSG and DRDO is in progress. 360-degree anti-drone coverage will be done on the day of the arrangement,” Delhi Police Additional DCP (North) said on the security arrangements for August 15.

Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava had earlier this week done a citywide patrol with more than 30,000 personnel to assess the law and order situation in the Union Territory.

“Delhi Police have been entrusted with public trust to keep the capital safe and secure. The city never sleeps, neither do we,” Srivastava reportedly said.

 

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