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Muslim terrorists target Sri Meenakshi and other major temples in Tamil Nadu, security tightened

Posted by jagoindia on July 28, 2008

Security tightened in TN
27 Jul 2008, Times of India

CHENNAI: Central intelligence agencies have alerted Tamil Nadu of a possible terrorist attack on religious installations. To start with, security at Madurai Meenakshi temple has been enhanced with more police personnel, a dog squad and metal detectors.

The state intelligence had recently busted a terrorist module operating out of Mannadi in Chennai with ‘specific plans’. The plans of this module were near-operational when the police cracked down on it.

However, the leaders of this module, Toufeeque and Abu Dahir, managed to escape.
Sources said that this time the alert from the Intelligence Bureau and also from the state’s own intelligence wing mentioned specific target points in the state. The warning has said that the Pakistani terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba was planning to attack places of worship in the state.

Meanwhile, the Erode district police on Saturday raided 30 private godowns selling gelatine sticks and detonators meant for stone quarrying and blasting wells. Police are looking at the possibility of the detonators used in the Bangalore blasts having been sourced from these godowns. Throughout the day, the police raided godowns in Bhavani, Uthukuli, Sathyamangalam and Gobichettypalayam. They have prepared a list of recent buyers of the explosive materials.

In Chennai, hotels and lodges have been asked to provide information on guests. “The alert has been there for sometime. However, following the blasts in Bangalore, we have decided to enhance security at places of importance including places of worship. The alert is not specific about Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple,” director general of police K P Jain told The Times of India .

The strength of police personnel guarding the temple has been increased from 150 to 200. An adequate number of them are armed. Metal detectors and surveillance cameras have been put in. A sniffer dog squad is also being kept on alert to meet any eventuality, said K Nandabalan, commissioner of police, Madurai city.

According to Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowements department sources, the temple attracts an average of 25,000 visitors every day, including 200 – 500 foreigners. On May 18, 1996, a bomb explosion near the Swamy Sannithi second praharam in the Meenakshi Amman Temple had caused minor damage to the temple premises. A person called Venkatesh alias Sheik Dawood Mustafa was arrested in this connection.

Six years later the security agencies of the country also suspected that Imam Ali, a prime accused in the bomb blast at the RSS building in Chennai in 1993 had allegedly planned to bomb the Meenakshi Amman temple. He was shot dead in an encounter in 2002.

Tamil Nadu cops foil Aug 15 terror bid, arrest one
Press Trust Of India, Jul 28, 2008

MAPPING TERROR: Police arrested one Abdul Gaffur, who is employed in Chennai, in connection with the incident.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu police on Sunday claimed to have foiled plots to plant bombs across the state, specifically in Chennai and Tirunelveli, before August 15, and arrested one person in connection with the alleged conspiracy.

Police said one Ali Abdullah — a convict lodged in the Puzhal prison near here in connection with eight different cases of murder and blasts — had masterminded the plots in the jail.

Police arrested one Abdul Gaffur, who is employed in Chennai, and recovered from him materials used for making an IED.

He was picked up from a relative’s house at Pettai in Tirunelveli following specific information.

A report from Madurai said the famous Sri Meenakshi Amman temple in the city has been provided with three-tier security following a warning from the Central intelligence agencies that it could be a target of terrorists.

According to police sources, terrorists – after the blasts in Bangalore and Ahemdabad – planned to attack cities in Tamil Nadu and Madurai Sri Meenakshi temple was believed to be on the top of their list.

The Union Home Ministry and the Intelligence Bureau had also asked the Tamil Nadu police to beef up the security at Sri Meenakshi temple, they said.

Police also suspected that two of the terrorists who escaped from Manali near Chennai, Daubid and Abudhagir, could target places of worship. The sources said the Lashkar-e-Toiba had also planned to attack places of worship in Tamil Nadu.

A 60-member police team had been formed for security duty inside Meenakshi temple and they would monitor the temple complex round the clock, police sources said.

Another 50 police personnel were put on security duty near Adi Street nearby. Only small bags with pooja items would be allowed inside the temple and vehicles would not be allowed in Chitrai street.

All the vehicles would be checked at the ten newly formed check-posts, police sources added.

The sources said that security for the famous Sri Palani Dhanyuthapaniswamy temple, Rameswaram Sri Ramanathaswamy temple and Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple had also been beefed up.

Additional policemen had been deployed at all the entry points of the temples. End

One Response to “Muslim terrorists target Sri Meenakshi and other major temples in Tamil Nadu, security tightened”

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