Police probe ‘threat’ tweet on attack at five-star hotels

Police are trying to trace user who allegedly posted a tweet threatening to attack three five-star hotels.

Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Updated: April 3, 2015 1:51 am

The Mumbai police crime branch has initiated investigations into a threat issued by a Twitter user, who allegedly posted a tweet threatening to attack three five-star hotels, including two  in Mumbai.

Police said the management of one of the two hotels in Mumbai informed them of the matter on Tuesday.

“The management sent us a fax, including a link to the tweet. The user had said that he would plant bombs at the three hotels, two of them in Mumbai and one in Tamil Nadu,” claimed an officer.

The officer added that the information was conveyed to the police stations concerned and thorough checks were conducted at both the hotels in Mumbai.

“Nothing suspicious was found and we advised the management at both the hotels to be extra careful. The tweet did not mention a specific day or time when the supposed attacks would be carried out,” the officer said.

Sources said the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell was now trying to trace the IP address of the tweet to trace the user’s location. The cell has also written to Twitter authorities.

The crime branch has not registered an FIR in the matter yet. “We will first find out more about the user who posted the tweet. If the profile of the user indicates that the threat is  genuine, we will book him accordingly. If it turns out to be a hoax, we will apply relevant sections against him in the FIR,” the officer said.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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