2 Lucknow temples get threat letters

FPJ Bureau AgenciesUpdated: Monday, August 02, 2021, 12:23 AM IST
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Mankameshwar Temple in Lucknow |

LUCKNOW: Security was beefed up at the famous Mankameshwar Temple in Lucknow after the temple trust received a letter threatening to blow up the city’s prominent temples and the office of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Lucknow police Commissioner DK Thakur said the police were investigating the letter.

“Security arrangements have been beefed up in view of the threat. Police teams are working with the agencies having expertise in such crimes. Our teams are also scanning the mobile number of some suspects. I have spoken to the head of the temple and other staff members and apprised them about the police preparedness,” he said.

Earlier on Friday, the Aliganj Hanuman temple staff had also received a similar letter with the demand the terror accused, recently arrested by the ATS, be freed. Security around the temple has also been tightened in view of the threat.

“The content of both the letters appear to be the same. The sender warned that every prominent temple in Lucknow and the RSS office was on their target. The sender wrote that 10 prominent Hindus were on their target.

"In the letter, in which the content has been typed, the writer mentioned his name as 'Intezar' and threatened that he was giving the authorities time till the Independence Day eve," said a senior police official.

BSF detects landmine along LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on Sunday recovered a landmine along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Sources said a team of BSF along with specially trained sniffer dog 'Juliet' was on area domination patrol near the LoC when the sniffer dog sat over a piece of land, which created suspicion abo­ut the presence of explosive material at the site in the Mendhar area of the district.

"The site was immediately cordoned off and searches were launched at the suspected piece of land where a landmine was detected. Disposal of the landmine was done as per the standard operating procedures," the sources said, adding the investigation is on to ascertain how this landmine reached the area. "Involvement of militant outfit to carry out an explosion to target LoC guarding troops cannot be ruled out", they said.

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