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ASI shuts Pink Fort until January 31 for guests after vandalism by tractor rally protesters


Tradition and tourism minister Prahlad Patel visited Pink Fort yesterday and has sought a report on the incident from the ASI. (PTI)

A day after protesters vandalised and prompted heavy harm to public property inside Pink Fort, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has issued an order saying the enduring Pink Fort will stay closed for guests from January 27 to January 31.

Whereas the order doesn’t point out the rationale behind the closure, it refers to earlier orders of January 6 and January 18 whereby the enduring monument was closed from January 19 to January 22 because of a chicken flu alert.

The monument was additionally shut from January 22 to January 26 as a result of Republic Day celebrations. Nevertheless, it was alleged to be open for guests on January 27, however it didn’t, sources stated.

Sources stated after the violence that erupted within the Pink Fort premises on January 26, the ASI has taken a call to maintain the gates shut to take inventory of the damages.

Earlier on Wednesday, tradition and tourism minister Prahlad Patel visited the location and has sought a report on the incident from the ASI.

“Visited the Pink Fort at this time morning and instructed the ASI DG to organize a report on the incident and in addition lodge an FIR,” tweeted Singh after his go to.

Whereas it’s not clear if the enduring construction was broken in any method, through the minister’s tour one may see vandalised metallic detector gate and ticket counter, and damaged shards of glass on the premises of the Pink Fort.

The minister had on Tuesday condemned the actions of the protesting farmers who entered the Pink Fort and hoisted completely different flags there. He stated it violated the image of dignity of India’s democracy.

“I don’t wish to say something on the difficulty but. I’ve sought a report, let it come,” Patel instructed PTI.

There are 173 monuments in Delhi protected below the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It contains UNESCO World Heritage Websites — Pink Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.

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