Death threat to Prez, on email
Security and intelligence agencies were on high alert after President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam received an email saying there was a threat to his life.india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 13:23 IST
Security and intelligence agencies were on high alert after President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam received an email saying there was a threat to his life.
Following the threat, the security agencies swung into action to trace the sender who reportedly claimed to be from a terrorist outfit. Sources said the email, which was received on Wednesday evening on the President's official website — presidentofindia.nic.in — was sent from a leading web portal Yahoo.
However, the security officials immediately took all necessary precautions and launched an operation to trace the origin of the email. Sources said that the cyber cell in the Home Ministry was handed over the one paragraph email and it was suspected that the sender of the mail could have used a fictitious name.
Sources said the email was received in Wednesday at around 2.35 p.m. and the officials in the president's secretariat immediately informed their senior officials.
Meanwhile, security has been stepped up for the President and intelligence officials and officials of Military Intelligence were working to trace the source. Sources said that the email contains few lines in which it was mentioned that the terrorist outfit is not happy with the President's speeches on anti-terrorism.
The officials were also in touch with the web portal’s India office in Mumbai to trace the sender of the mail and the place from where it was sent, the sources said.
In the wake of the blasts on Mumbai’s commuter trains on July 11, there were several hoax calls reported in the Capital.
The callers threatened to cause blasts at the India Gate and other vital installations, market places and temples in the Capital.
Delhi is already on high alert following the blasts and security has been tightened in the Capital and vehicles are being subjected to intensive checking on the exit and entry points.
Additional forces have been deployed at the airports, railway stations, metro stations and ISBTs to avoid any untoward incidents in the capital. In addition the public were asked to remain alert and to inform the police if they come across any suspicious persons or objects.
After the blasts, a flurry of emails and phone calls received on the blogs from unidentified persons who either claimed responsibility for the Mumbai train blasts or warned of more such strikes in the Capital.
Police arrested a youth named Sumit Tamrakar from Bhopal for sending an email to a Hindi newspaper that claimed responsibility for the Mumbai blasts, in order to baffle the authorities.