Panic in Lucknow as al-Qaeda letter sends police into tizzy

Security was tightened at the Lucknow railway stations on Monday after a letter, purportedly from Al-Qaeda, claimed that mines and other explosives have been planted at one of the stations, a top official said.


Principal Secretary, Home, Alok Sinha told reporters that bomb disposal squads are on the lookout for any possible explosives at the Charbagh railway station where security was beefed up.

He said the letter claiming that explosives have been planted at Charbagh station was received by the Divisional Manager of North-Eastern Railway on Monday.

"Security at all railway stations including Charbagh had been tightened as a precautionary measure though the letter appears to be bogus and meant to create panic," he said.

Sinha said bomb disposal squads had been scouring the Charbagh station premises since 14:00 hours Monday but no explosives had been recovered till evening.

He said that the Special Task Force was entrusted with the responsibility of finding the origin of the letter written on a plain paper and mentioned the name of one Mohammad Ahmed who claimed to be the "area commander" of Al-Qaeda.

Von: 06 September 2005,

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