New Delhi: Intelligence agencies have warned of a drone attack on the Red Fort during the prime minister’s speech on Independence Day by terrorists this year.
In a high-level security meeting by the PM’s security wing, it was revealed that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) together with the ISI are planning an attack on the Red Fort.
Based on calls intercepted between handlers from Pakistan and militants taking shelter in India, agencies have further warned of possible terror strikes ahead of August 15. According to sources, handlers have reportedly asked militants to attack Indian Army camps and convoys of other security forces.
To prevent any untoward incident, the Special Protection Group (SPG) has proposed to cover the prime minister’s speech area with a bullet-proof overhead canopy.
With this, the prime minister would become the first in India to address the nation under a cover. High resolution cameras are also likely to be installed inside the towers of the Red Fort to maintain vigilance in the area. Moreover, air defence guns would also be deployed as a security measure.
Apart from making Delhi a no-fly zone on the day, fighter aircrafts would also remain activated to counter any threats. This year, the independence Day speech will be Narendra Modi’s third as prime minister. The day will witness increased security ahead of the terror alerts.