The Uttar Pradesh administration briefly shut the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, for visitors this morning after an unidentified person called the police to inform that some explosive devices had been parked inside the premises of the ostentatious graves.
Security agencies evacuated all the tourists present inside the Taj Mahal immediately and launched a massive search operation. Police later said that it was a hoax call and that the monument had been reopened for tourists.
The administration asked over 1,000 tourists at the Taj Mahal to leave the premises on 4 March after they received a bomb threat, which later proved a hoax call. After staying closed briefly, the monument allowed tourists again at around 11.15 AM.
Police found no explosive during the searches, ADG Agra Zone Rajeev Krishna confirmed.
Shiv Ram Yadav, SP (Protocol) Agra, said that the police had received information from the control room that a bomb was kept at the Taj Mahal, which would explode soon.
“We had received info from control room that a man called them up saying that there are discrepancies in military recruitment and he wasn’t recruited. A Bomb is kept at Taj Mahal which will explode soon,” Shiv Ram Yadav said.
In view of the seriousness of the situation, a team of Agra Police and the CISF, which protects the monument, conducted an intensive search inside the premises of the Taj Mahal.
As a precautionary measure, security guards evacuated tourists present inside the historic monument promptly and closed both the entry and exit points were closed.
CISF has been alerted and regular security checks are being conducted.
The caller’s location was traced to Firozabad, police said, adding that further investigation was underway. All possible locations in and around the Taj Mahal are being checked by the CISF, Agra police and a bomb disposal squad has also been called at the spot.