Taj Hotels Received Threats Call From Lashkar-e-Taiba
Two Taj hotels in south Mumbai received threat calls from Pakistan last night. The caller threatened to carry out a terror attack similar to the 26/11 attacks, Mumbai Police sources said today. As a result, security was tightened outside both Taj hotels in Mubai on Tuesday.
According to Mumbai Police, the call was traced to Karachi, Pakistan. Further, the caller identified himself as a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Both the Taj hotels, Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba and the Taj Lands End in Bandra, received the threat on their landline phones. With the increase in security systems, police are also in the process of identifying the caller.
However, the two hotels are not operational because of COVID-19 restrictions. Nonetheless, the security has been tightened up and the Cyber Cell has jumped in for further investigations.
After this incident, Taj hotel said in a statement,
“We are proud to be a part of the fabric of this nation and the safety of our guests, and associates is of paramount importance to us. We immediately alerted the authorities on receiving these calls. On top of this, we are providing full support and cooperation to the investigating agencies.”
Further, they added,
“Our safety and security teams have ensured that all our protocols and guidelines are being followed towards safeguarding lives and assets. We would like to reassure our guests and associates that all adequate steps are being taken towards the safety of the premise.”
2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks
During 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba was targeted by terrorist. As a result, many innocent lives were killed. Further, ten heavily armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and Leopold Café. During this incident, 174 people were dead and over 300 were injured.
A Bollywood movie, 26/11, was made on 2013 based on this incident. The movie was directed by Ram Gopal Varma.