Delhi: Secret Tunnel To Red Fort Found At Legislative Assembly
British Era Secret Tunnel Connecting Legislative Assembly To Red Fort Discovered In Delhi
A tunnel-like structure was discovered at the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Thursday. The tunnel connects the Legislative Assembly to the Red Fort in the capital. Apparently, the secret tunnel was used by the British to transport freedom fighters.
Speaking to ANI, Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said, “When I became an MLA in 1993, there was hearsay about a tunnel present here that goes till Red Fort and I tried to search for its history. But there was no clarity over it.”
“Now we have got the mouth of the tunnel but we are not digging it further as all the paths of the tunnel have been destroyed due to metro projects and sewer installations,” he added.
Goel further informed that the Delhi Legislative Assembly was used as Central Legislative Assembly. This was after the shifting of capital from Kolkata to Delhi in 1912. It was turned into a court in 1926 and Britishers used this tunnel to bring freedom fighters to the court.
Elaborating on the subject Goel said, “We all knew about the presence of a gallows room here but never opened it. Now it was the 75th year of independence and I decided to inspect that room. We intend to change that room into a shrine of freedom fighters as a tribute to them.”
The assembly speaker added that he intends to open the gallows room for the tourists by the next independence day. The work for the same has already been initiated.