Security has been enhanced at, the one among seven wonders -Taj Mahal in the wake of a media report of a threat to the 17th century monument from terror outfit ISIS. A link has been dispersed in which it is claimed that Taj Mahal is the next target of ISIS. We are sTill confirming this news from our sources. However, security has been enhanced in and around the taj-mahal- Additional Director General, Law and Order, Daljeet Singh Chowdhury told PTI here.
The security was raised up after a website showed pictures of the Taj Mahal with a terrorist standing alongside holding what appeared like a weapon.
After that Police on Friday patrolled the Yamuna river bank here and mounted extra watch after a pro-Islamic State website terrorized to target the Taj Mahal, the well-known 17th century monument of love. An official said the information was supplied on to the police and the intelligence agencies on Thursday after which several teams combed the area and stepped up for watch.
Officials from Archaeological Survey of India and senior police officials, though, tried to play down the menace, saying the security arrangements were following regular routine. Local newspapers also have published a photo from the website showing a graphics of the Taj Mahal with a terrorist standing alongside holding a weapon.
The world heritage monument is visited by over six million tourists yearly. Senior Superintendent of Police Preetinder Singh said police teams were on alert and a close watch is being kept on crowds. The internal security in the monument is provided by the Central Industrial Security Force. SWOT commandos have been put in charge at vantage points and Mock drills are being conducted every few hours to test the state of preparedness.
Outside the 500 meter security ring, police teams are keeping a strict watch on the movement of vehicles both on the western gate parking and the Shilp-gram parking towards the eastern gate, according to the sources. Superintendent of Police, mr. Sushil Dhule and a team of the bomb disposal and dog squads on Thursday evening visited the entire region around the Taj Mahal. The number of visitors to the Taj Mahal is on the hike. The annual Taj Mahotsava is all set to begin on March 18, Saturday.