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Security scare at Red Fort: NSG removes live grenade

LiveMint logoLiveMint 05-05-2017 PTI

New Delhi: A live grenade found during the cleaning of a well in the Red Fort complex was safely removed by National Security Guard (NSG) commandos on Friday.

Officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) found the grenade during a cleaning operation on Thursday evening. The discovery of the explosive in the 17th century monument visited by hundreds of tourists and locals led to panic in the area.

A cordon was thrown around the area and the NSG was called in after ASI officials alerted the police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said a senior police official. “The grenade was safely removed today by the NSG. How old it is can only be ascertained once a detailed report is received from the NSG,” said DCP (North) Jatin Narwal.

The incident comes just a few months after a similar incident in February when explosives and live cartridges were found in a well in the complex during a cleaning exercise.

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