Mumbai: Following a threat to blow up Taj Hotel, security tightens

Mumbai: Following a threat to blow up Taj Hotel, security tightens

Mumbai: According to reports received on Tuesday morning, a phone call was received by Taj hotel with threats to blow up the hotel. This incident brings back horrifying memories of November 2008. 

Following the call, security has been tightened around the famed Hotel Taj Mahal Palace near Gateway of India after a threat to blow it up, official sources said here on Tuesday.

A threat call was received by the hotel around 12.30 a.m. after which the Mumbai Police was informed, the sources said, adding that the call was purportedly made from Karachi in Pakistan and the caller threatened to blow up the hotel with bombs.

Not taking any chances, security has been tightened in the hotel's vicinity and further investigation are underway.

During the 26/11 attack, terrorists had made their way into Mumbai through the sea. The alert about a possible terrorist attack was made after a police van was stolen and shootings were reported late in the night from the Colaba area of Mumbai. 

The 10 terrorists were identified as members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an extremist Islamist terrorist organisation based in Pakistan. The terrorists conducted twelve coordinated shootings at attacks lasting almost four days. 

A heritage hotel, Taj was one of the prime targets along with the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus station. The terrorists held hostages in the hotel and severely damaged the property.  The terrorists also carried out random shootings at the station and Leopold cafe, an iconic cafe in Colaba. 

More information is awaited on the matter.

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