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Letter threatening to blow up Taj found

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 16:02 IST
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A letter was on Monday found in a Jain temple, which threatened that the Taj Mahal would be blown up by August 15, sending the police into a tizzy.

The letter writer has claimed links with terror network Al-Qaeda and given his name as Mohd Mirza and the names of company commander M S Saiyan and former pradhan Kailashi.

It was among a dozen of letters found in three envelopes in the Chandraprabhu temple behind the Rakabganj police station by devotees when they reached the shrine this morning, Senior Superintendent of Police Deepesh Juneja said.

He said he has asked the police and the local intelligence department to investigate the presence of the letters in the temple premises.

One letter asked for Rs 10 lakh from the Jain community and another wanted Rs 50 lakh jointly from BJP leader Keshav Dixit and sitting BJP MLA from Agra East or else face death.

The letters were addressed to the district and Agra range police officers. Out of curiosity, one of the letters was opened by the devotees.

The letter writer asked the Jain community to leave a bag containing Rs 10 lakhs in notes of Rs 1,000 denomination at the Kheria turn at Agra and the BJP leaders to throw Rs 50 lakh in notes near the Chambal bridge near Dholpur from the Taj Express.

After a probe, Juneja dismissed the letters as the work of a mischief monger.