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Grenade found inside well at Red Fort during cleaning work

Three months after a large cache of arms was found inside the premises of Red Fort, a grenade was found inside a well at the monument on Thursday evening.

Police said that the grenade was recovered from the well when a member from the cleaning staff noticed it lying inside the well.

The police have said that a thorough search is on for any other possible weapons which may be lying around. Underwater cameras will also be used by the workers to detect any other explosive that may be lying inside the well.

According to a senior police official, the incident was reported when a sanitation drive was initiated in the area. Workers from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), had spotted the grenade around 6 pm Thursday. The police were immediately informed about the discovery, along with the National Security Guard.

The explosive was removed by an unmanned robot deployed by the NSG. "The robot was covered with a bomb blanket to avert any human casualties," the officer said.

Till Friday, only one explosive was recovered from the site. Search for any other explosives continued till late in the night. "We have been using underwater cameras to scour
the area. So far there have been no traces of any other explosive. We are still trying to find out the date of manufacturing and whether this was a live grenade," the officer said.

In a similar incident, which took place three months ago, several boxes of ammunition were found inside a well inside the Red Fort. The accidental discovery of the ammunition came to the notice of the ASI during the cleaning process of the well behind the publication building.
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