NSG chief makes ‘explosive’ DRDO revelation, later says it was not serious
National Security Guard chief RC Tayal on Tuesday claimed that the agency defused a bomb at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) building two months back, but the revelation later turned out to be a damp squib.delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2016 14:59 IST
National Security Guard chief RC Tayal on Tuesday claimed that the agency defused a bomb at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) building two months back, but the revelation later turned out to be a damp squib.
“Two months ago an IED was found in DRDO Bhawan. No one (security agencies) could do anything about it. The NSG commandos successfully diffused it,” Tayal said during a function attended by Union home minister Rajnath Singh at 52 Special Action Group of the NSG in Samalkha.
Singh inaugurated a composite building for commandos at the campus in Samalkha near IGI Airport during the function.
The announcement from the stage in the presence of the home minister, ministry staff and hundreds of officials and commandos of the NSG created a flutter so much so that Tayal shied away from media queries once the function was over.
When asked to explain he said, “It was not a serious issue.”
His junior officials, however, clarified Tayal’s comments saying it was not an IED but an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) that was recovered during Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) work near Civil Lines in Delhi.
“He was not referring to the DRDO at Vijay Chowk. It was part of a routine thing. A UXO was recovered during an excavation work for Metro rail near Metcalfe House (old DRDO building) which we diffused,” an official, who did not want to be named, said.
“It was a UXO recovered during work for a Metro station some time ago which was diffused by NSG,” NSG’s inspector general (operations) Major General Dushyant Singh also said.