Series of bomb threat shake-up Gujarat police

Friday, Oct 9, 2015,10:57 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Ahmedabad | A series of anonymous letters threatening to blow up the famous temples of Somnath, Ambaji and Shamlaji, banks, schools and colleges were received by the authorities concerned in the last fortnight have put the Gujarat police on tenterhooks. 

Vadodara police has received as many as 18 threats of bomb blast from the managements of banks, schools and colleges since September 14. Lat night, the Somnath temple trust got a letter in Gujarati purported to have been sent by Indian Mujaheedin to blow it up with a bomb. These threat letters have sent the police on a wild goose chase with the bomb disposal and dog squads pressed into service to detect bombs and explosives in and around the premises said to have been the targets.
Though the police have so far found these threats to be hoax, they have put an extra strain on them and civic administration even as causing tension and inconvenience to the public. What has made the police extra vigilant is the Intelligence Bureau?s alert that over a dozen terrorists are believed to have sneaked into Gujarat from across the border through the land and sea routes.
A senior police official told UNI that the threats to blow up the temples of Ambaji and Shamlaji in the North Gujarat and Somnath on the Saurashtra coast, though turning out to be a hoax, have nevertheless put the police under additional burden especially when a large contingent of police and para military forces had to be deployed to tackle the ongoing pro-quota agitation by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and its counter agitation by the Gujarat OBC, SC, ST Ekta Manch.
The latest threat letters were received yesterday by the Somnath temple trust and the physics department of the M S University of Baroda, forcing the police to rush a special team comprising of bomb disposal experts and dog squads to investigate if any explosive devices were planted in these places.