On Tuesday, security tightened outside Taj hotels in south Mumbai after receiving threat calls from Pakistan last night to blow up the hotels with bombs. Mumbai Police sources said today that the threat was similar to the 26/11 attacks,and the call was traced to Karachi, Pakistan with the caller identifying Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Police sources said that the bomb threat was made for the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba and the Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra. Security has been tightened at both the hotels following the received calls on their landline. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the two hotels are not operational. Meanwhile, two hotels have their security systems in place and police are trying to identify the caller.
“Police are on alert and an adequate number of police personnel have been deployed in the (Taj hotel) area,” the official said.
Twelve years ago, on the night of November 26, 2008, ten Pak-based terrorists launched coordinated and bombing attacks in Mumbai at five major locations. Total 166 people were killed and over 300 people were injured.
The heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and Leopold Cafe, among other landmarks.
Several security personnel, police officers and NSG command Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan were among those who died defending the city and common people. Police could capture terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Kasab alive, later who was hanged by Bombay High Court.