Security has been 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), according to a report in the Dainik Jagran.
Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur said the police were investigating the letter.
“Security arrangements have been spruced up in view of the threat. Police teams are working with 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,” the Lucknow police commissioner said.
Earlier on 30 July, the Aliganj Hanuman temple staff had received a similar letter with the demand that the terror accused, recently arrested by the ATS, be freed.
“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,” the Lucknow police commissioner said.
For the uninitiated, on 11 July, the ATS first arrested two suspected terrorists Minhaj Ahmed and Maseeruddin alias Musheer, linked with Al Qaeda’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, from Lucknow. Arms, explosive materials had been recovered from their possession. The two arrested men reportedly planned suicide bombings and other such terrorist attacks in the crowded areas of Lucknow and other cities in the state.
“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.
Last year, ahead of Independence Day, several journalists in Lucknow had received an audio message from numbers originating from Malaysia, Canada and different parts of the US. The message was about protests on Independence Day to raise voices against the construction of the Supreme Court-ordered Ram temple in Ayodhya. It demanded a separate nation, Urdustan, for Indian Muslims.