Cops sound alert after threat letter to Ahmedabad airport

Police have dismissed as hoax a threat letter received by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) in Ahmedabad through post from a man claiming to be an operative of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

The letter, which has the logo of LeT on top written in English, reads, "We are back with the bang! .. be ready to face the real terror....".

The sender claimed that five places in Ahmedabad — SVP International Airport, Hotel Ramada, Bakeri City, Venus Residency and Himalaya Mall — were terror targets. Bakeri City and Venus Residency are plush residential projects.

The airport director has sent the letter to DGP Chitranjan Singh, who has asked the police to beef up security.

Senior police officers, however, suspect the letter might be a hoax threat, much like a previous letter sent to Hotel Courtyard Marriott. They say both letters had the same format.

The Gujarat High Court and local courts in Ahmedabad had also received bomb threats a few months ago.

DIG (ATS) Manoj Shashidhar said, "We are taking all security measures. Quick response teams, bomb disposal squads and Special Operations Group personnel have been asked to step up patrolling and security checks. We have received such letters in the past too, but we are still conducting drills to ensure security."

Meanwhile, police are trying to hunt down for the sender through the local post office stamp printed on it.

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