Letters threaten to target Yogi, UP temples

The UP police has sounded a statewide alert after two letters threatening to target chief minister Yogi Adityanath as well as other senior politicians were received at Shamli and Roorkee railway stations. They also talked of hitting important religious installations like Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and ‘Ram Janam Bhoomi’ in Ayodhya.

The two letters were similar in content. HT has a copy of the letters.

A senior official said the letters also threatened to target chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and Rashtriya Sawaym Sewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. He said though the letter seemed to be an act of mischief, it could not be taken lightly.

UP director general of police (DGP) OP Singh confirmed that two handwritten letters, claimed to have been written by a Jaish-e-Mohammed area commander on Sunday, were received at Shamli and Roorkee railway stations. He said the letters said the terror group will target several railway stations in western Uttar Pradesh and carry out blasts at different temples in UP, Delhi and Haryana.

The DGP said the state police authorities, which had been reviewing the threat perception to the CM (who already has Z Plus security), will increase his security. He said other police agencies and district police officials had been told to be on the alert and the anti terror squad (ATS) asked to investigate the matter. Also, the central agencies had been informed, he added.

The sender had mentioned himself as Jammu and Kashmir area commander of JeM Masoor Ahmad in the letters.

The letters said the terror group will carry out blasts at railway stations in Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut, Hapur, Gajraula, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Bareilly, Delhi, Panipat and Rohtak on May 13. They also talk about targeting Hanuman temples at Sangam in Prayagraj, Ghaziabad and Delhi, Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and ‘Ram Janam Bhoomi’ in Ayodhya on May 16. The letters also threaten to carry out blasts at different bus stations.

On May 29, 2018, a similar threat letter, allegedly from Maulana Ambu Sheikh, area commander of Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, was received at the office of divisional railway manager (DRM) of North Railway in Delhi. The UP Police had sounded an alert then. The letter threatened to blow up Saharanpur and Hapur railway stations and other important places on June 8 and 10, 2018. That letter also had threatened to blow up Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and Krishna Janmbhoomi in Mathura.

On August 18, 2017, the Lucknow police received a threat call from an unidentified caller at police control room threatening to blow up the UP Vidhan Bhawan. Security and intelligence agencies were also put on alert and an extensive drive was carried out to sanitize entire Vidhan Bhawan premises. The call later turned out to be a hoax, allegedly made by a drunkard.

First Published:
Apr 24, 2019 11:15 IST

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