'Explosive' letter puts police on alert in Pune

Jun 14, 2012, 08:27 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

Security in-charge of IT hub in Hadapsar gets letter warning of extremists having arrived in city to blow up major establishments; writer says terrorists already possess large stock of explosives

The security in-charge of a major IT hub in Hadapsar yesterday received an anonymous handwritten letter stating major establishments in the city were on the radar of terrorist organisations and some anti-national elements were currently residing in the city with a large quantity of explosives in their possession.

On their toes: The police have upped security at the places mentioned as terror targets in the letter. Representation Pic

The letter said the explosives were likely to be used to execute terror attacks at the places mentioned in it. After learning about the letter, the city police, who are currently busy in the bandobast for the palkhi processions, stepped up security at the places mentioned in the letter.

The targets
According to the letter, the places on the terror radar are Osho Ashram, North Main Road in Koregaon Park, Koregaon Park plaza, Hard Rock, Oakwood Hotel, Westin Hotel and IT establishments in the city.

The letter also said that some anti-national elements were already in the city with a large quantity of explosives. “Yes, the security in-charge of the major IT hub in Hadapsar has received the letter, though it seems that somebody might have played prank,” Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjivkumar Singhal said. “Still, we have taken the letter seriously and beefed up security around the city. We are also investigating who sent this letter to the chief of the security of the IT establishment in Hadapsar.”

Top cops take note
As soon as Singhal and the Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) were informed about the letter, they went to the Hadapsar police station and sought information from Senior Police Inspector Raghunath Jadhav there. The two also gave instructions for high security during the palkhi as more than five lakh people are expected to leave the city via Hadapsar.

Sources in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) said there were certain inputs regarding terror attacks in the city and they had shared the information with the local police. Jadhav said the places mentioned were on the radar of terrorists and the police had asked IT hubs and other commercial establishments to enhance security on their premises.

“As the palkhi will be going through the city, it will be our first priority to give adequate security to the pilgrims,” Jadhav said. “We are scheduled to meet the authorities of the IT companies in our police station jurisdiction and we will be giving security tips to them.”

The police have conducted the necessary mock drill at Magarpatta as well as at other commercial establishments. They said they also visited flats in Magarpatta and enquired about the residents and tenants living on the premises.  

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