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Haridwar ashram receives SIMI threat to blow up religious places

Haridwar ashram receives SIMI threat to blow up religious places

Author: PTI
Publication: The Time of India
Date: August 25, 2008
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Haridwar_ashram_receives_SIMI_thre

A prominent ashram of Haridwar has received a letter purportedly written by the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) threatening to blow up places in Haridwar, Rishikesh and other religious spots in Uttarakhand.

Authorities of the Shantikunj ashram have informed the police about the handwritten letter which they received two days ago by post, said Inspector General of Police (Garhwal range) Ashok Kumar.

Shantikunj is engaged in the promotion and research of Ayurvedic medicines and other ancient cultural items.

Kumar said a general alert has been sounded and security at all religious places have been reviewed as religious festival Chardham Yatra season is also on in the state.

He said the police is examining the contents of the inland letter which was posted from Meerut.

Nearly three months ago, a couple of letters containing a similar language reportedly written by Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were received at Haridwar and Rishikesh railway stations.

In the letters, the LeT had threatened to carry out bomb blasts at crowded places like railway stations, bus stands, markets and Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar and Rishikesh.

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