Rail network in Uttar Pradesh on alert after terror threat call

January 27th, 2009 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Rampur (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 27 (IANS) Bomb disposal squads have started checking trains, railway parcels and frisking passengers at the Rampur railway station and other stations along the route in Uttar Pradesh after a phone call, allegedly from Saudi Arabia, claiming that four terrorists had set off from there to attack the railway network, officials said.Divisional Railways Security Commissioner, Vivek Sagar, said Tuesday the threat was being taken very seriously and the entire railway division of Moradabad has been put on high alert and police chiefs of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand informed of the situation.

The divisional railway establishment at Moradabad, which manages scores of stations under Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, has been put on high alert following the call received by the Railway Board over the weekend.

The Railway Board’s warning, quoting the threat call, says that three of the terrorists are from Pakistan and one is from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The railway authorities have asked police chiefs of Rampur, Moradabad, Haridwar and Dehradun to patrol the stations in their respective jurisdiction.

The warning message, received at the divisional headquarter Moradabad, says that one Zameer Akhtar, resident of Jeddah, has warned Mumbai police alleging that terrorists at a meeting in Mecca have resolved to blow up railway stations in Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai and carry out blasts in trains as well.

The terrorists left for India Jan 21 from Saudi Arabia. The threat message adds that, the terror group would return by some convenient air route in January after completing its mission.

Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police personnel been deployed at railway stations and strategic points in Rampur city, an official said.

Rampur superintendent of police Veer Bahadur Singh said Tuesday that quick response teams have been deployed to face any eventuality in Rampur district.

“We can’t take any chance this time,” Singh said, referring to the Jan 1, 2008, terror attack on the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur in which eight people were killed, including seven troopers.

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