Friday, May 05, 2006

Threat To Blow Up Darbar Sahib!

Golden Temple security beefed up after terror threat

Chandigarh - Security around the Golden Temple - the holiest of Sikh shrines in the world - in Amritsar was beefed up Thursday evening following a threat to blow it up, police said.

The threat note, received by the stationmaster of the Jalandhar railway station Thursday, said terrorists would blow up several Sikh and Hindu places of worship across Punjab.

It specifically mentioned that Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple - both in Amritsar - would be blown up May 12.

‘We know that this could be a prank but we have to take any threat seriously,’ said a senior Punjab police officer. He added that security arrangements at important shrines and railway stations had been fortified.

The note warned that the railway stations at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Phagwara would also be blown up.

Police in Amritsar and Jalandhar districts and in Phagwara town were put on high alert.

Police barricades and check posts came up around the Golden Temple complex following the threat.

Officials of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Punjab police were investigating the origin of the threat letter.

Police officials said that the letter seemed to have been written and posted from Punjab’s industrial town of Phagwara, 25 km from Jalandhar on national highway no. 1.

The threat letter said that the Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir and the Jammu railway station would also be blown up.

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