Terror threat to Taj? Security tightened but officials downplay alert
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 5:40
Taj Mahal, the seventh wonder of world and India's pride has become the next target of terrorist organisation Islamic State, which has released a graphic listing its horror plan for India. The cops have said that Saifullah was "self-radicalised".
Daljeet Chowdhary, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law & Order) has said that security in and around the Taj Mahal has been enhanced following the terror attack reports.
The Quick Response Team (QRT), commandoes from the Anti-Terrorism Squad and bomb disposal squads are also on high alert.
The security arrangements around India's iconic monument of love was tightened on after the threats from the dreaded terror out Islamic State. "The security of Taj Mahal is reviewed time to time and additions are made according to the requirement", the SSP said.
Site Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi activity on the web, has confirmed the report.
As per sources, patrolling around the Yamuna river bank was increased and the police mounted extra vigil after a website claiming allegiance to ISIS threatened to target the Taj Mahal.
It should be noted here that a ten-day annual celebration called Taj Mahotsav in Shilpgram in Agra is about to begin on Saturday. We are probing it.
The target is the Taj Mahal in Agra, reported SITE Intel Group.
"We are prepared for any circumstances all round the year when it comes to any important destination including Taj Mahal". The graphic featured a fighter standing near the monument in Agra.
The Taj Mahal is the ideal target for the ISIS as the symbolic structure will not only affect India but also the world.
Last month CISF personnel went into a tizzy when a youth from Tamil Nadu tried to scale the walls of the heritage monument.