Mumbai Taj ho­tels’ se­cu­rity beefed up

MUMBAI: Po­lice on Tues­day tight­ened the se­cu­rity around Mumbai’s Taj ho­tel and Taj Lands End ho­tel af­ter threat calls from a per­son claim­ing to be a mem­ber of Pak­istan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba ter­ror out­fit, an of­fi­cial said.

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MUMBAI: Po­lice on Tues­day tight­ened the se­cu­rity around Mumbai’s Taj ho­tel and Taj Lands End ho­tel af­ter threat calls from a per­son claim­ing to be a mem­ber of Pak­istan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba ter­ror out­fit, an of­fi­cial said. There were threat calls to Taj ho­tel and Taj Lands End in Ban­dra, the of­fi­cial said. Im­me­di­ately af­ter re­ceiv­ing the calls, the ho­tel man­age­ment in­formed po­lice, fol­low­ing which se­cu­rity of the ho­tels was stepped up, the of­fi­cial said.

The iconic Taj ho­tel in Co­laba was among the tar­gets of Pak­istani ter­ror­ists dur­ing the 26/11 Mumbai ter­ror at­tack. There were threat calls to Taj ho­tel and Taj Lands End in Ban­dra, the of­fi­cial said.

The caller, who threat­ened to at­tack the ho­tels, claimed he was call­ing from Karachi in Pak­istan and was a mem­ber of the out­fit, the po­lice of­fi­cial said. “We are try­ing to as­cer­tain from where were th­ese calls made,” he said.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter re­ceiv­ing the calls, the ho­tel man­age­ment in­formed po­lice, fol­low­ing which se­cu­rity of the ho­tels was stepped up, the of­fi­cial said.

Ad­e­quate po­lice de­ploy­ment has been made in the area around the ho­tels and en­try and exit re­stricted on the roads lead­ing to the ho­tel, he said.

The of­fi­cial said Mumbai po­lice are on high alert af­ter Mon­day’s Karachi ex­change ter­ror at­tack and as part of the en­hanced anti-ter­ror mea­sures, se­cu­rity out­side the ho­tels and other vi­tal in­stal­la­tions has been in­creased.

Bar­ri­cades out­side the iconic Taj ho­tel, af­ter a threat call of a pos­si­ble ter­ror at­tack, in Mumbai, on Tues­day

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