A contingent of anti-terror commandos from National Security Guard (NSG) has been temporarily deployed at Red Fort in the national capital to deal with any terrorist strike in the Old Delhi area.
“The deployment has been made in order to cut down travel time of the NSG commandos as it would take at least two to three hours to reach the Old Delhi area from the force’s headquarters in Manesar. The New Delhi areas are catered by the force’s deployment at Palam in Delhi,” said a home ministry official, on condition of anonymity.
The officer said there has been a general alert following the surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and also because of festival season when the security forces always remain on high alert.
The Old Delhi areas has always been considered sensitive — geographically and communally.
The officer explained that the in case of a terror strike, the NSG is never first respondent as this responsibility lies with local police or any other force deployed to guard the place or building.
“But the NSG is always looking for ways to cut the time to reach at a particular place in case of any emergency; hence the decision to to deploy its commandos at Red Fort,” he added.
Red Fort in itself it has always been the radar of terrorist groups operating from Pakistan.
The Mughal-era monument was attacked by a group of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in December 2000, and the ensuing shootout resulted in the death of two soldiers and a civilian.