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India beefs up security at Taj Mahal after IS threat

Published Mar 17, 2017 07:06pm


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India has boosted security at the Taj Mahal after a pro-Islamic State group reportedly warned of attacks in the country and threatened the 17th century monument to love, police said Friday.

Images published in local media showed a fighter in combat fatigues and black headgear at the Taj Mahal, India's biggest tourist attraction, and the words “new target” as the backdrop.

The US-based Site Intelligence Group, which tracks militant activity, said the pro-IS Ahwaal Ummat Media Center had originally published the graphic on Telegram on Tuesday.

“There have been no specific intelligence inputs or any official alerts, but going by media reports we have stepped up security at the Taj,” senior police superintendent Preetender Singh told AFP on Friday.

“Security drills are being carried out on a six-hourly basis instead of the usual daily drill.”

Members of the bomb disposal squad and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team have been deployed with additional personnel patrolling the Yamuna river which flows next to the Taj, he said.

Indian leaders say the IS group does not have influence in the country of over 1.2 billion people, which has a large but traditionally moderate Muslim population.

There have been some reports of Indians going to fight for the group in Iraq and Syria, but the numbers are low relative to the size of the population.

Last week, police said an IS sympathiser accused in a train explosion that injured 10 people had been killed in a stand-off as they tried to arrest him.

Singh said the nature of any threat remained unclear but police did not want to leave anything to chance. “Based on the inputs so far, we have beefed up the security and are fully prepared to handle any eventuality,” he said.

“The Taj is in safe hands."


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saudagar Mar 17, 2017 07:14pm

this was accounted ! haters cant digest idea of bjp in power in up ,

Black Indian Mar 17, 2017 07:28pm

India will crush those who keep eye on Taj Mahal.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 17, 2017 07:30pm

Muhammad Khurram thank you for making Taj Mahal, such a stunning monument, the world admires, what a beautiful symbol of love.

More tourist visit Taj Mahal than any other place in India, security needs to be on top notch.

Rahul Mar 17, 2017 07:28pm

Taj is not only a pride of India but for whole of South Asia (as we all were one during the time, when Shahjahan made it). Anyone who issues threat to our common heritage must be condemned without any hesitation.

Rahim proud indian kashmiri Mar 17, 2017 07:40pm

Tajmahal monument is the proof Indias rich islamic heritage with 2nd largest muslim populated nation.Indian constitution and the people of this great nation will continue to derail terror sympathisers.As always we will never ever be part of who spread and sponsor terror .

Asif Kashmiri Mar 17, 2017 07:38pm

I am a Pakistani and I am with India on this

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 17, 2017 07:40pm

@Rahul True.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 17, 2017 07:53pm

@Black Indian Amen. Thank you.

Masood Mar 17, 2017 08:45pm

Thank You; Indian Security Police, for Taj Mahal is the most beautiful structure not only in India, but the whole World. I am not Indian and I have been to India many times, and the first place I visit is Taj Mahal in Agra. You are a lucky country not for anything else, but because you have Taj Mahal. So please guard it well.

Ghazala Indian kashmiri Mar 17, 2017 08:59pm

@Rahim proud indian kashmiri Agree with you.At the same time proud of you.

Shoaib, Azmer Mar 17, 2017 09:03pm

@Rahim proud indian kashmiri Great comment brother.

Usman, Indian kashmiri Mar 17, 2017 09:56pm

@ Masood Tajmahal is the pride of this great nation.You are welcome to visit this great land year after year as our security personnel will never let a scratch on it.Very sorry for Shahbaz qalandar blast dur to lack of security.I will visit the shrine and Pakistan as usual when security improves.

Chandra Mar 17, 2017 10:20pm

@Asif Kashmiri It is always good to find common ground to stay united, thumbs up!

Namo Mar 17, 2017 10:38pm

@Rahim proud indian kashmiri totally agree with you.

Indian Mar 17, 2017 10:44pm

What is this madness?? I don't know how long people do all these things on the name of religion.

Rashid Mar 17, 2017 10:59pm

Muslim gifts to India Urdu language, a united country, Hindu name to its people and of course TaJ Mahal.

Khan Mar 17, 2017 11:08pm

IS is a common threat for both India and Pak.

flipflop Mar 17, 2017 11:56pm

This is high time for both India and Pakistan to join hands and eliminate such forces form the region. Pakistan and India holding military exercises together would be enough to send the message across the globe. It all boils down to how proactive we are and instead of pointing fingers at each other we must work together. For once do not work on the basis of Hindu or Muslim, but work together on the basis of being human. If we keep fighting among ourselves then we are preaching hate and our younger generations grow up learning that hate. Additionally, this also gives room for extremists to grow and risks for ISIS like organisations will only make their way in to both countries. Lies and deception should be stopped because eventually the innocent suffers while our leaders sit in their fortified houses enjoying everything the world has to offer.

LAHORI KID Mar 18, 2017 12:08am

This is very disturbing, there is only one Taj Mahal, no more Mughal Emperors around. It is irreplaceable, for the sake of our coming generations, who will learn about not only the Hindu or Sikh history and monuments they built centuries ago, but about the Muslims who built these world wonders.

Uday Mar 18, 2017 12:19am

IS motive is not very clear. Why they want to target Tajmahal, which is a Symbol of love. This was built by Islamic king. Still IS want to destroy for no reason. No budy should sympathise this group and shall be suppressed by all to their level best.

LAHORI KID Mar 18, 2017 12:19am

I plan to visit India one day, Taj Mahal is on top of my list among other places. It is a place that allows us to be proud regardless of being Indian or a Pakistani,a Muslim or a Hindu or a Sikh. Its a pride of Asia that people come to see from all over the globe. I pray for the people and these irreplaceable wonders

M.Saeed Mar 18, 2017 12:43am

Make Taj the catalyst of hope and no to hate.

Awaz... Mar 18, 2017 12:56am

India please crush the forces of evil ideology and mindset...Thanks

ga Mar 18, 2017 01:13am

This not make sense. The only target appears to be Indian tourist industry just like these fanatics tried to destroy tourism in Pakistan and Egypt.

rashid nasim Mar 18, 2017 01:52am

what goes around, comes around.

Changez Khan Mar 18, 2017 01:52am

IS better stay away from Taj Mahal, that's an untouchable territory.

Helloall Mar 18, 2017 02:43am

This sick ideology should be wiped off the earth. No mercy!!!

jalaluddin s. Hussain Mar 18, 2017 04:03am

Taj Mahal monument is the unique symbol of the world. It needs to be preserved as the Indian government is doing. I, as a Canadian-Pakistani, living in canada, fully support this action of the Indian government.

Sneha Mar 18, 2017 04:26am

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Nope. Meherangarh fort Jodhpur Rajastan is the most visited tourist destination in India followed by Tajmahal, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Kerala, andaman nicobar Islands, Goa, Amritsar,Pondicherry etc etc

Khawar Mar 18, 2017 04:40am

the whole world must stand together against these enemies of the human civilization

Puthomadre, karachi Mar 18, 2017 05:54am

The best way to catch them is honey traps.

Sohail Gem Mar 18, 2017 06:45am

That's good

lafanga Mar 18, 2017 07:19am

where do our country stands in terms of security ?

P DATTA Mar 18, 2017 07:38am

It is tourist vs. terrorist. Let us take the right stand. Of course, unitedly!

Zak Mar 18, 2017 08:06am

@Rahim proud indian kashmiri correction, indian muslims 155m, excluding IOK andd Pakistan 200m. Taj, great Mughal muslim architecture.

Zak Mar 18, 2017 08:45am

Thank you Emperor Shahjahan for giving the world such a beautiful muslim legacy , that helps feed millions of poor indians through tourism.

Rilin karlo Mar 18, 2017 09:17am

@Zak i totally agree with you. Although its a muslim monument it feeds people of diff religions from its earnings. Well said Zak

Blue Knight Mar 18, 2017 09:50am


You are mistaken Mister.. neither Emperors nor Monument of Love are the property or legacy of any particular religion.. they belong to all.. not only to India but to the world at large.. No sane person can think of destroying such a lovely Monument..

Sameer Mar 18, 2017 09:57am

This was expected. It was only a matter of time before IS strengthens its roots in India. There is a huge population and terrorists can hide in plain sight. India should take strong measures before its too late.

D.K. PAMNANI Mar 18, 2017 12:43pm

Indians are ready to destory ISIS

DoNN Mar 18, 2017 12:48pm

@Zak Old Hindu and Buddhist temples could feed many on your side too. But Alas! hatred and arrogance took over and they destroyed these things. Hence, no tourism, no pluralism.

Sunil Varma Mar 18, 2017 12:47pm

@Zak ....Open your eyes brother....India is an ancient land of beautiful mountain ranges in the Himalayas, silver beaches streaching7000 km on our coast , some of the purest rivers flowing from the Gangotri into the main land , deserts of Rajastan...with wild life thriving in the dense forests showcasing the magnificent great Bengal Tigers , the Lions of Gir Forest , the Rhinos of Kaziranga. And of course many great monuments and palaces of architecture of the erstwhile Maharajahs dot the 3.6 million square Km of the nation ! Yes Taj Mahal is the jewel in the tourism happens with or without the Taj. To say the least... we have 6000 charted flights from EU landing in Goa every ear, millions of Asians and other nationals throng to India to see this beautiful land , and then there is also the medical tourism...

Sunil Varma Mar 18, 2017 02:37pm

@Zak and Rilin Karlo ..

Thank you Emperor Shahjahan for giving the world such a beautiful Muslim legacy , that helps feed millions of poor Indians through tourism.

As far as the earnings from you have any idea how much the Govt spends for the maintenance of this world heritage site.....the cost of maintaining this gigantic white marble structure from discoloration and other repairs and its security far out strips the revenue earned from tourism, because the entry to India nationals is subsidized. Last time I visited the Taj the entry fee was only Rupiah 20 !

Zak Mar 18, 2017 04:02pm

@Blue Knight tell that to the RSS ,SP and VHP.

Zak Mar 18, 2017 04:02pm

@Sunil Varma forget the earnings. Indian is only know because of Taj Mahal. Otherwise no one even bother coming to india or know of it.

indostani Mar 18, 2017 04:38pm

@Zak u are out of mind.Vasco da gama travelled round the world to find aroute to india and Columbus discover america in search of us....when tajmahal was nowhere in sight

Thakur Mar 18, 2017 05:47pm

@Zak do you know about the ticket prices. Go and check in its website. It's a small amount which spend by ASI to preserve and maintain the Taj Mahal.

ALI (proud indian) Mar 18, 2017 08:24pm

@Rashid What is your point, mate?