JeM letter warns of terror attack in temples, railway stations in TN

Chennai: Tight security arrangements have been made at prominent places in Tamilnadu such as Chennai Central railway station and temples, including Kancheepuram Varadharajaperumal Temple, following a terror threat, reportedly sent by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Sources said a letter was received by the officials in Rohtak Railway station in Haryana, threatening to blow up railways stations and temples across six States by 8 October. Several prominent railway stations, including Chennai, Rohtak, Hisar, Mumbai, Jaipur, Bhopal, and Kota, have been named in the letter.

It is said the government agencies are yet to ascertain the authenticity of the letter. Prima facie, it appeared to be written on a torn-school notebook paper.

According to Haryana Railway Police officials, the letter was sent to Rohtak Junction Station Superintendent’s office and was received by the station manager around 3 pm on Saturday by ordinary post. The letter bears the name of one Masood Ahmad allegedly from Karachi, Pakistan.

“We have started the investigation. We have registered the FIR. Additional teams have been deployed for checking railway premises. All necessary precautions are being taken and there is no need for people to panic,” Haryana police officials said.

It may be recalled that Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh had said in August that an underwater wing of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) is said to be training people to carry out attacks. However, the Indian Navy is fully prepared to thwart any such attempt, he added.

The Army has, meanwhile, intensified its presence along the Line of Control (LoC) following Pakistan’s direct and indirect threats of war ever since Parliament withdrew special status to Jammu and Kashmir by reading down Article 370 of the Constitution.

In February this year, JeM had orchestrated the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

NT Bureau