The letter, sent to Northern Railways last month, was purportedly sent by Lashkar-e-Taiba area commander Maulana Ambu Shaikh. The letter has been signed by Maulana Ambu Sheikh, “area commander” of LeT in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dreaded Pakistan-backed terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has threatened to blow important Hindu temples across the state of Uttar Pradesh following which a high alert has been sounded by the authorities.
The alert has been issued in connection with a video, received by the intelligence agencies on Tuesday last, threatening to rock the state with serial bomb blasts at public places, like railway stations, of several districts on the susceptive dates of June 6, June 8 and June 10.
According to reports, Lashkar, in a letter, has threatened to carry out blasts at Krishna Janmabhoomi, Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Hapur and Saharanpur railway stations.
The letter’s authenticity is yet to be verified but the police have stepped up the vigil at sensitive locations as a precautionary measure. The letter even mentions June 6, 8 and 10 as dates when LeT operatives will target the prominent places.
Officials have been directed to keep strict vigil across the state and ensure proper security of sensitive places. Police checking, patrolling have been increased across Uttar Pradesh, including state capital Lucknow. While security agencies are taking no chances regarding the threat, officials said there was no need to panic as the threat letter could be the handiwork of some mischief mongers.
It may be recalled that in the year 2010, the Indian Mujahideen had targeted Varanasi in which two people were killed. UP has been under the radar of terrorists for long. Recently a person from the state had been arrested for his links with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in Kashmir.
LeT on Wednesday also claimed responsibility for the attack on the Hajin army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.