New Delhi: Police forces have tightened security around Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace, Hotel Colaba and Taj Lands End on Monday morning after receiving threatening calls from Karachi, Pakistan at around 12:30 AM to blow up the Taj hotel with bombs. Also Read - After India Bans Chinese Apps, Pakistan Temporarily Bans PUBG Calling it 'Addictive & Wastage of Time'
According to intel sources, a caller had threatened to bomb the famous 5-star hotel that was previously targetted on November 26, 2008. “Everyone saw the terrorist attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange, now the 26/11 attack in the Taj Hotel will happen once again,” the caller said, according to sources. Also Read - Coronavirus: With 4133 New Cases in 24 Hours, Total Tally in Pakistan Reaches 213470
Another call was received by the Taj Lands End Hotel in Bandra subsequently where the caller threatened to blow up the hotel. The calls were received from the same number. Also Read - Home Ministry Declares 9 Khalistani Separatists Abroad as Terrorists Under UAPA Act
Notably, the terror threat comes a day after 10 people died in a grenade attack near the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi. Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon claimed that the attackers, who came in a silver Corolla car were killed at the main gate of PSX. Weapons and hand grenades were recovered from the attackers.
Mumbai Police has launched an urgent investigation into the matter and the caller has identified himself as affiliated to the Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT). Call details are being further verified. Coastal patrolling and surveillance have also been increased.