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Mumbai police swings into action as Taj Mahal Palace receives threat call

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on June 30, 2020 Published on June 30, 2020

The iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel of Mumbai allegedly received a threat call, where the caller claimed to have plans to blow up the luxury hotel. The Mumbai police has since beefed up security around the hotel.

Sources claimed that a threat call was received yesterday from Karachi to blow up the hotel with bombs.

A senior official at the Taj, requesting anonymity, confirmed the call on Monday night and said: "We have informed the police about the call, and we are cooperating with them, too. The police is investigating the issue, and trying to ascertain whether it is a hoax call or a threat." Nonetheless, the police has tightened security around the vicinity.

The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is over 117 years old, and has hosted thousands of guests including national and international celebrities, bureaucrats and political personalities.

The luxury hotel is a part of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which is owned by the Tata Group.

The threat call and the tightened security could scare the guests and employees. An IHCL spokesperson said in a statement: "The safety of our guests and associates is of paramount importance to us. Our safety and security teams have ensured that all our protocols and guidelines are being followed towards safeguarding lives and assets. We would like to reassure our guests and associates that all adequate steps are being taken towards the safety of the premises.”

Twelve years ago, the Taj Mahal Palace, among other places in Mumbai, was attacked by terrorists. Over 180 people were killed during the course of the three-day attack.

While this isn't the first time a hotel has received a threat call, considering the earlier attack, the enforcement authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety of the hotel guests and others.

Published on June 30, 2020
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