India is a surprising and happening place, with something surprising always happening around, but what would you call it when you find a tunnel connecting a state assembly to a national monument. This would be more of a shock, but this is what has actually happened here in the capital on Thursday.
A British era tunnel’s mouth has been found in the Delhi Legislative Assembly which connects it to the Red Fort. As per reports, the Britishers used the tunnels to avoid reprisal while moving freedom fighters during their trials.
The current complex which is used as the Delhi Vidhan Sabha was built by the Britishers when moved their capital from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi in the year 1992 and was used as the Central Legislative Assembly. After the construction of the current Parliament, the assembly was turned into a court by Britishers in 1926 and they dug up these tunnels to bring freedom fighters to the court.
Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel informed that when he first became an MLA in 1993 there were rumours about the tunnel being there but nothing was confirmed.
He told the media that they were fully aware of the presence of a gallows room there but never opened it. He added, “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.”
On the question of digging further, he said, “We have managed to identify its mouth (origin) but won’t dig any further. We will refurbish it soon and make it available to the public. I’m hoping that the renovation work will be completed by August 15 next year.”
As of now, the Archaeological Survey of India does not intend to dig further as all the paths of the tunnel might have been destroyed due to metro projects and sewer installation