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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Security officials have been put on high alert over a possibility of drone attack in New Delhi ahead of the Independence Day celebration on August 15. According to the inputs gathered by intelligence agencies, the Pakistan-based terror outfits have hatched a conspiracy to rattle the national capital and are planning to carry out a terror attack using drones.

The security agencies have warned the police that the terror groups can carry out the attacks in the national capital on August 5- the day the government scrapped special status granted to the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by modifying Article 370 of the Constitution.

The Delhi Police have stepped up preparations to deal with the recent drone threat and have created a special control room. The Delhi Police along with other security agencies are also being given special training to tackle this menace of drone threat.

Additionally, four anti-drone systems are being installed at the Red Fort this year, as compared to the two anti-drone systems that were set up last year.

Meanwhile, the Archaeological Survey of India has banned entry inside the Red Fort from the morning of July 21 till August 15.

ASI in a statement said, “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.”

DELHI POLICE ASKED TO MONITOR DRONE THREAT
Earlier this month, Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Joint CP and other Intelligence Unit officers of all the districts in Delhi to be on alert and monitor the drone threat diligently.

The Delhi Police chief had asked station house officers (SHOs) in every district to take cognisance of any calls made to police control room or information regarding drones in the city and investigate the threat accordingly.

The order had come days after two drones dropped bombs at the Indian Air Force station in Jammu. The attack had made states wary of this new threat.