Security agencies were confused after recovery of explosives and live rounds of ammunition in Red Fort. The Delhi Police, who was informed about the incident, has sealed off the entire area. NSG bomb disposal squads, several police personnel and dog squads have reached the spot.
Fire tenders were also rushed to the spot as a precautionary measure.
Some old explosives and ammunition were found in two-three boxes one of the wells behind the Publication building in North Delhi area, said the police. They were found during a routine cleaning operation by the Archaeological Survey of India, they added.
It was learnt that the cleaning team could not identify the objects immediately, but grew suspicious of it and informed the police. Lots of unused phosphorous explosives and mortar shells were found inside the fort, said the police.
According to NSG sources, it was learnt that five mortars and 44 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the well around 5 PM. Also, 87 fired rounds were also found.
The police have cordoned off the entire area and informed the NSG and Army.
That this recovery comes days after the Republic Day celebration has put the security agencies on high alert.