26 January 2021 on Red Fort
For several years now,a few days prior to republic day ,a start of “hingh alert” regarding securing security threats is invariably declared over the entire city of delhi .this years too, a “high alert” was proclaimed on january 17 ,2021 by the delhi police through a circular.yet,despite such a state of “high alert” ,punjabi actor deep sidhu and his companions easliy managed to barge into the red fort premises through its main entrance on republic day when the delhi police had sounded an alarm about likely terrorist threats
It is a know fact that the red fort has been a target of terrorist attacks on several occasions in the past:
- On december 22,2000 ,one such attack resulted in the deaths of two security guards and a civilian .
- On october 12,2016 ,it faced another terrorist threat .
- In february and may 2007 ,exolosives were recovered from wells within its premises.
Therefore ,thequestion of downgrading security requirment for guaring red fort could not have been entertained.on the contray ,as per even the controversial mou signed with dalmia bharat limited on april 13,2018 ,regarding the maintenance of the heritage site ,its security was to be upgarding by installing “[a]dvanced survellance systems (like PTZ based CCTV cameras”.
In fact ,since independence ,the monument has ramained under the control of the heritage site to the archeological survey of india (ASI)in 2003 ,thered fort has been under the protection of the central industrial security force (CISF) and the central reserve police force (CRPF) ,which fall directly under the contorl of the union government’s ministry of home affairs (MHA.)then how did deep sidhu and his companions manage to reach the ramparts of the red fort unhindered .could it be that the security forces actually allowed them in.
The provocative acts perpetrated at the red fort on january 26 ,2021 by deep sidhu and his accomplices were unprecedented .later;when some farmers who had accompanied sidhu to the red fort realised that they had duped ,they were ready to take him to task .to save himself ,sidhu fled from the from the spot on a motorbike and has gone undergr
It Is important to point out that there are no indications ,or allegations ,that the soild iron grill gate at the main enterances to the red fort was forced opne. This can only mean that they were let in since the monument is under the protection of the CRPF ,are we then to understand that they let sidhu and his accomplices into the red fort ? is the resulting dereliction of duty constitutes a serious breach of security for which none other than MHA should be held accountable .