Taj Mahal Briefly Shut, Tourists Evacuated After Bomb Hoax

Taj Mahal, the iconic Mughal-era monument, which attracts crores of tourists every year, was on Thursday shut temporarily after an unidentified person called Uttar Pradesh Police and said that some explosive device has been planted inside the monument premises which would blow up soon. 


 Following the phone call on UP Police's emergency number 112, security agencies launched search operations inside the Taj Mahal premises. 

However, later it was found that it was a hoax call. An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official said as the phone call has turned out to be hoax, the entry of tourists to Taj Mahal complex has resumed. 

Earlier, tourists were evacuated following a hoax bomb threat call, he said. Satish Ganesh, Inspector General, Agra Range assured people that it was only a hoax call and there was no need to panic. 

He said that the suspect has been identified as Vimal Kumar Singh and the police have picked him up from the Nakhi police station area of Firozabad. 

 "A person dialed 112 and said there will be a bomb blast at the Taj Mahal. On this information, police teams and bomb disposal squad launched a search operation.

 The field units have not received any such thing," Ganesh said. The Inspector General rank officer said that the hoax caller has been traced and is being interrogated to find his motive. 

\The initial impression is that he is of unsound mind. Our teams are trying to gather information from him, he further said. 

 Times Now's had Amir reported that a caller telephoned on UP Police's emergency number 112 and informed that some kind of explosives have been placed inside the Mughal-era monument which can blow up ay time.

 The UP Police and CISF which is deployed for Taj Mahal's security, at once evacuated all the tourists and conducted search operations.

 The police believe that the explosives threat might be some kind of mischief. Shiv Ram Yadav, SP (Protocol) Agra, confirmed that the police received information from the control room that a person called and said that there are discrepancies in military recruitment and he wasn't recruited.

Divulging further, the police official said that the caller claimed that a bomb has been kept at Taj Mahal which will explode soon. Yadav said that the security check is being conducted around the Taj Mahal to avert any bomb threat. 

 The police officer claimed that the caller's location was traced to Firozabad and further investigation is underway. 

 dpa/NAN

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