A threat alert from Delhi has placed anti-terror agencies in Maharashtra on their toes. An e-mail allegedly sent on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stated that the terror group would blow up trains leaving Delhi for other stations including Mumbai in the next 72 hours.
A railway protection force officer along with a sniffer dog checks the baggage at CST on November 14, 2015 after a terror alert. ATS units across Maharashtra and railway authorities have been asked to take necessary precautions. File pic
Mumbai, Delhi and Kanpur have been put on high alert after the threat. The e-mail also said that the blast would occur between Kanpur and Delhi stations.
The Maharashtra ATS was alerted by a central agency on Saturday. It said, “An e-mail on behalf of ISIS is received. Mumbai is put on high alert along with Delhi and Kanpur. The mail said that several blasts would take place in express trains leaving from Delhi to other places including Mumbai.” It mentioned the names of few express trains that include Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Sampark Kranti and Vaishali Express.
ATS units across Maharashtra and railway authorities have been asked to take necessary precautions.
A police officer from Railways said, “We were notified by the ATS in the wee hours of Sunday. Extra patrolling and checking is being done inside express and mail trains. We are also conducting security checks at all railway stations. All cops have been asked to stay alert.”
Nakabandi to continue
The Mumbai police too are not taking the threat lightly, and have placed nakabandis across the city. A police officer said, “We are carrying out nakabandi at several entry and exit points of Mumbai. We are checking documents and IDs of people as well.”
‘Rok Sakte Hai To Rok Lo’
The e-mail read, “Rok Sakte Hai To Rok Lo One blast will take between Kanpur and Delhi too. The blast will occur in next 72 hours.” It further read, “Do whatever you want to do. Stop people from leaving your country nothing will happen. We will do what we want to.”
A senior IPS officer of Mumbai police said, “We are taking necessary precautions. It may be a prank mail too, but that will be verified and investigated later. The alert is sent to us from a central agency, so it cannot be taken lightly.” He added, “However, the mail also says that, ‘Stop as many people you want to from coming to us’, this could be related to several youths who were fleeing to Syria, who were stopped in the past by our cops and de-radicalised.”
We want public support
Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Pravin Dixit said, “We are taking all the necessary precautions and have increased security in the matter. We want public support and therefore if anyone finds anything suspicious they should immediately inform the police. The person informing us will always remain anonymous.”