Vaishno Devi on Lashkar radar?
Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times
Jammu, November 26, 2012
First Published: 19:23 IST(26/11/2012)
Last Updated: 10:14 IST(27/11/2012)
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Five days after Ajmal Kasab was hanged, a person claiming to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has sent an e-mail to a Katra based hotel, threatening to strike at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan and Katra to avenge his death.
The e-mail was sent from Bangalore. A police team, headed by Dy SP has been
“The e-mail was sent by a person named Sayeed Anwar. A team has been sent there and we have heightened security around Katra town,” IGP Jammu Dilbagh Singh told HT.
The e-mail was sent on the official ID of a three-star hotel in Katra on Saturday evening. On seeing it the manager informed the police, who took his laptop. The hotel has a capacity of 71 rooms.
According to the police, the LeT activist had written “Indians would have to pay for the hanging of Kasab. Hindustanio (Indians) get ready for another Diwali. We will strike in a big way" in the e-mail.
Last year 1.2 crores pilgrims had visited the shrine, which receives the second highest donations in the country. This year about 90-lakh pilgrims have already visited.
LeT, one of the dreaded terrorists outfits in the state, was behind the 2008 Mumbai attack.
Additional security personnels have been deployed at Vaishno Devi Bhawan, 13-km from Katra town, and in the town itself as well.
“We are not leaving anything to chance. From their language it seems as though they are are committed to strike,” said a senior police official, wishing not to be named.
The police official said, there is also a possibility that it could have been sent by an adventurous cadre of the terrorist outfit, who might have a whiff about the planning.
It’s being believed that a terrorist, who might have come here for reconnaissance, might have stayed in the hotel, who would have provided the e-mail address.
Early this month, a grenade was hurled outside a wine shop in Jammu in which one person had died.
Last year in July, an e-mail, sent to a TV news channel, claiming responsibility for the Delhi High Court blast, was tracked to a cyber café in Kishtwar town. Five people were arrested in this connection.
This year 55 terrorists have been killed so far.