Sunday, August 25, 2013

‘Terrorist group’ threatens 3 shrines in Thane district

EXTRA COVER: Intelligence agencies have also warned of an attack


Pradeep Gupta & Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: A letter believed to be sent by members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) threatens to target three temples in Thane district.
    Security has been stepped up at Ambernath’s Shiv temple, a Sindhi temple in Ulhasnagar and Shahad’s Birla Mandir. The letter does not bear IM’s insignia and investigators are trying to ascertain its authenticity.
    “We have also received an input from intelligence agencies,” said a senior police officer from the Thane crime branch. Authorities at Birla Mandir received the letter on Thursday night. The Shiva and Birla temples have received similar threats earlier. Bipin Kumar Singh, Thane’s joint police commissioner, said, “Security has been tightened following the threat. Similar threats were received earlier,” he said.
    In February, the crime branch started a probe into a threat letter sent to Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani allegedly from the IM threatening to carry out a terror attack on his Antilia residence in south Mumbai.

The Times of India, August 25, 2013

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