Rajasthan sounded a terror alert on Friday as 16 ministers received email threat. The email, sent through a Gmail ID ‘Leonazarda’, warns of a likely attack on January 26 “at many places”. The email was allegedly sent by the Indian Mujahideen (IM).
While the Rajasthan Police is taking the email seriously and security across the state has been beefed up, the veracity of the email ridden with grammatical errors is also being checked. Sources in the Anti-Terror Squad told The Indian Express that the email is most likely a hoax as it is not in keeping with the IM’s usual tone and language.
The mail uses sentences like, “We are Indian Mujahideen”, “We give notice to you”, “There will be a big bang surprise @January 26”, “There will be action at many places”. The email was sent to the official email IDs of 10 cabinet and 6 MoS on December 22.
“The person writing to the ministers uses extremely poor language. The mail is very vague and does not mention terms like a bomb blast or firing that are generally used in a terror threat mails. There is no concrete message but only a warning. However, since it mentions IM, we are not taking it lightly. The veracity of the mail is being checked,” Alok Tripathi, Additional Director General, ATS, said.
He added that of late, the IM has not been using emails for threats or to take responsibility for attacks. “In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the IM used email more frequently but of late it has not been doing that. That is yet another reason for us to doubt the veracity of the email,” he said.
Sources said that the Rajasthan Police is also in touch with Google and Interpol. DGP Omendra Bhardwaj said, “We are taking the mail seriously and are doing everything possible to ensure peace in the state. We appeal everyone to keep calm. There is no need to panic.”
All superintendents of police across the state were alerted on Friday and Chief Secretary C S Rajan held a high-level meeting with senior police officials to brief them on the issue.