Vaishno Devi on Lashkar radar?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

JAMMU: Five days af­ter Lashkar-e-Taiba ac­tivist Amir Aj­mal Kasab was hanged for his role in the 26/11 ter­ror at­tacks in Mum­bai in 2008, a per­son claim­ing to be a Lashkar ac­tivist sent an email to a Ka­tra-based ho­tel, threat­en­ing to avenge his death by strik­ing at Vaishno Devi shrine and Ka­tra town, 13 km away.

The po­lice said the mail car­ried this threat: “In­di­ans will

JAMMU HOTE­LIER GETS LASHKAR E-MAIL THREAT­EN­ING TO AVENGE KASAB’S DEATH BY STRIK­ING AT THE SHRINE AND KA­TRA TOWN

have to pay for the hang­ing of Kasab. Hin­dus­tanio get ready for an­other Di­wali. We will strike in a big way.”

Jammu In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Dil­bagh Singh told HT: “The e-mail was sent from Ban­ga­lore by a per­son named Say­eed An­war. A team has been sent there and we have height­ened se­cu­rity around Ka­tra town.”

The e-mail was sent to the of­fi­cial ID of a three-star ho­tel in Ka­tra on Satur­day evening. Af­ter see­ing the mail, the man­ager of the ho­tel in­formed the po­lice who took away his lap­top for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In Ban­ga­lore, po­lice com­mis­sioner BG Jy­otiprakash Mirji said he has formed a team to in­ves­ti­gate the case. “The threat mail has been traced to a cy­ber café in north Ban­ga­lore,” he said.

Last year 1.2 crore pil­grims had vis­ited the Vaishno Devi shrine. This year about 90 lakh pil­grims have vis­ited the shrine so far.

Ad­di­tional de­ploy­ment of se­cu­rity per­son­nel has been made at Vaishno Devi and Ka­tra town.

“We are not tak­ing any chances. From the lan­guage it seems the ter­ror­ists are com­mit­ted to strike,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

With HTC, Ban­ga­lore

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