New Delhi, July 21: In a view of the security threat ahead of India’s 75th Independence Day, the Archaeological Society of India decided to shut Delhi's iconic red fort from 21 July to August 15. ASI also issued a notification regarding the decision on Wednesday.
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.
ASI took the decision after Delhi Police wrote a letter to the ASI in July and suggested shutting Red Fort due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic and other security reasons.
Hours before this decision, the security agency put the national capital 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.