Terror threat to Togadia
A hitherto unknown terrorist organisation has threatened to blow up the Agra and Aligarh railway stations and the Rajdhani Express between Wednesday and the end of the month.Updated: Feb 22, 2006 04:40 IST
A hitherto unknown terrorist organisation has threatened to blow up the Agra and Aligarh railway stations and the Rajdhani Express between Wednesday and the end of the month.
Lashkar Murad has also warned that Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia would be killed within the next 100 days. The threats seemed linked to the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), because the group has threatened more unnamed actions if the status was not restored.
Sources said senior superintendent of Aligarh Railway Station G. D. Singh received a letter in Hindi from Lashkar Murad on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. by post.
In the letter the outfit has declared that it would blow up the Rajdhani Express on any day between February 23 and the end of the month. Thereafter, it would also blow up the Gomti, Bareilly-Dadar and Muri Express trains. The letter also said that Lashker Murad would resort to a series of bomb blasts at Aligarh and Agra railway stations.
Lashkar Murad, in the letter, lashed out at the Centre’s support for the US against Iran. It also warned that if the government did not grant the Muslim Code (Minority status) to AMU, then Lashkar Murad would resort to more bomb blasts.
In this letter, Lashkar Murad termed VHP leader Pravin Togadia as an enemy of Islam. It also said that Lashker Murad would kill Togadia within the next 100 days. Besides, Lashkar Murad has warned the Indian government that if it did not support Iran against the US within 15 days, there will be massive terrorist strikes across the country.
Singh said that he had informed the higher authorities in railways and the district administration, Aligarh, of the receipt of the letter.
Ajay Anand, senior superintendent of police, told Hindustan Times that the police have started keeping a close watch on the situation and adequate police forces have been deployed at the railway station. The investigation into the authenticity of the letter was also being carried out, the SSP added.
First Published: Feb 22, 2006 04:40 IST