Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Lands End Hotel receive bomb threat call from Pakistan, security heightened
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Colaba and the Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra receieved a bomb threat call on Tuesday, following which security has been beefed up in the upscale areas of the financial capital.
The call is said to be made from Pakistan at around 12:30 am. According to an India Today report, the caller, who identified himself as a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit, threatened to blow-up the two hotels in Mumbai.
As per the report, the Taj Mahal Palace received the first call and the caller, who identified himself as a member of the LeT, said that the hotel would be blown up by the members of his terror group.
The second call was received by the staffers at the Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra. Both the calls were received from the same Pakistan number.
The security in the areas has been beefed up even though the hotels remain closed for guests in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Taj Mahal Palace was one of the targets in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
In one of the deadliest terror attacks in India's history, 166 people were killed and over 300 injured when 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
The attack had begun on 26 November and lasted until 29 November. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre were some of the places targeted by the terrorists.
Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.
The then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai's Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar were among those killed in the attack.
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