Taj Hotels in Colaba, Bandra receive bomb threat calls

Taj Hotels in Colaba, Bandra receive bomb threat calls
The caller, claiming to be a Karachi-based member of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit, threatened to blow up the Taj Hotel in Colaba and Taj Land’s End hotel in Bandra (Taj Hotel in Colaba, Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Mumbai Police has registered an FIR against an unknown person in connection with threat calls made to Taj Hotel and Taj Land’s End.

According to officials, the caller had identified himself as a Karachi-based member of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit and threatened to blow up the Taj Hotel in Colaba and Taj Land’s End hotel in Bandra.

Separate calls were made to the hotels late Monday night, following which security near both hotels was tightened on Tuesday.

“Security tightened outside Taj Hotels and nearby areas after a threat call was received yesterday from Karachi, Pakistan to blow up the hotels with bombs,” Mumbai Police said.

Later, an FIR under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the unknown caller by Colaba Police station.

Both hotels are run by Tata group-promoted Indian Hotel Company Limited (IHCL) and are currently closed for business in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Notably, the Taj Hotel in Colaba – one of the city’s most iconic landmarks – was among the list of establishments targeted by Pakistani terrorists during the 26/11 attack.

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