Security tightened in Kolkata after threat mail

September 24th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 24 (IANS) Security was tightened in the city Wednesday after a newspaper office here received an e-mail threatening to blow up vital installations in the West Bengal capital with human bombs, an official said.”An e-mail sent in the name of Indian Mujahideen to Ananda Bazar Patrika newspaper office Tuesday evening said there will be 11 bomb blasts, including at the airport, popular hotels at Park Street in south Kolkata and government and private hospitals,” Home Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters.

“I have spoken to police commissioner and security has been tightened across the city,” he added.

According to police sources, the e-mail, written in English, said after the “success” of Sep 13 Delhi blast, the next “target” is Kolkata.

At least 24 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in the serial blasts in the national capital. A group calling itself Indian Mujahideen owned responsibility for the bombings, as also the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts that claimed 56 lives.

“The letter also mentioned that human bombs will be used for this mission,” the sources said.

However, city Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said the mail could be a hoax.

“Police are alert after the Delhi blast. But there are possibilities that this is a hoax (letter). After the Ahmedabad blast we (had) received an e-mail that turned out to be fake,” Chakraborty said.

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