Varanasi, December 05: Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Mandir allegedly received a bomb blast threat on Wednesday. Mahant Vishambhar Nath Mishra told ANI that the temple received a letter threatening a bomb blast in the temple. The letter was handed over to police, who have started investigating the matter. Mishra said, “We received a letter threatening a bomb blast in Sankat Mochan Mandir (Varanasi), we informed the police and handed over the letter to them. We are taking precautions and police is investigating the matter.” Bomb Threat at Jaipur Airport: Irritated With Security Checks, 40-Year Old Passenger Creates Chaos, Detained.
Meanwhile, Police suspected personal enmity behind the threat. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anand Kulkarni said, “The letter had some names and a mobile number. Prima facie it appears someone may have done it to create trouble for the person named in the letter due to personal enmity.” However, after the threat, the temple’s security has been tightened. Howrah - New Delhi Rajdhani Express Bomb Scare: Train Vacated and Halted at Ghaziabad After Threat Call, Bomb Squad Pressed Into Service.
SSP Anand Kulkarni: The letter had some names and a mobile number. Prima facie it appears someone may have done it to create trouble for the person named in letter due to personal enmity. It is an important place in Varanasi, we have tightened security. https://t.co/u5mSrJspUG
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The Sankat Mochan Temple had been targeted earlier also. In 2006, a series of bomb blasts were carried out in Varanasi. At least 28 people were reported to have been killed, and as many as 101 others were injured. The first blast took place at 18:20 at the crowded Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple near the Banaras Hindu University. Another explosion took place at Varanasi cantonment station.