E-MAIL WARNS OF BLAST IN MUMBAI: ATS
Mumbai August 23:
Terrorists are on the prowl to target public places in the financial capital of India. This was revealed by the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad on Saturday.
The ATS, which was formed to counter modern day terrorism, said that it has received an email today evening from some terrorist organization threatening to blow up schools, religious places, and other public places in Maharashtra’s Capital between August 25 to 28.
However, the ATS did not disclose the details of the mail, and the person or IP address from which the message has been sent. It may be noted that Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner on Sptember 03. Swathes of people participate in this favourite festival of Mumbaikars requiring a major security bandobast.
Mumbai has been in the target list of militants for a long time. On 11 July 2006, seven bomb blasts on the Suburban Railways killed 209 people and injured over 700. Recently, Indian Mujahideen had also issued such threat messages, warning of an attack, before the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat in July 2008.
Bomb hoax at Gujarat's Ambaji Temple: Meanwhile, following a bomb threat police conducted a thorough search at the famous Ambaji temple in Banaskantha district in Gujarat on Saturday, which later turned out to be a false alarm. Temple authorities on Saturday received a one-line hand written letter, saying a bomb has been planted in its premises, police officials said.
Police were immediately called and they combed the entire temple premises but no explosive was found, they said. It seems that somebody played a prank, the officials said, adding the police were trying to find out who had sent the letter. Meanwhile, security around the temple has been stepped up.