AGRA – India beefed up security on Friday at the Taj Mahal after reports of a possible terrorist attack on the 17th century monument by a pro-Islamic State group.
NDTV quoted Additional Director General, Law and Order, Uttar PradeshDaljeet Singh Chaudhary as, “A link, threatening to target the Taj Mahal, was being circulated on WhatsApp.”We took the threat seriously and immediately increased the security details in and around Taj Mahal”.
A pro-ISIS media group had published a graphic that suggested Taj Mahal, which is visited by over six million tourists annually, was on the terror-outfit’s radar. The graphic – that had an armed man standing against the backdrop of the monument – was released almost a week after security agencies carried out combing operation in Uttar Pradesh in which one accused – Saifullah – was killed and six others were arrested, reported the PTI.
Chaudhary said they were trying to identify the person who started circulating the link.
Members of the bomb disposal squad and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team have been deputed with additional personnel patrolling the Yamuna river which flows next to the Taj