Mumbai Police are investigating a WhatsApp message on Traffic Control’s WhatsApp number warning of a “26/11-like” terror attack in the city, Pakistan-based police sources said on Saturday. The message says that six people will attack in India. Mumbai Police has immediately launched an investigation, sources said, adding that security agencies have been on high alert.
The WhatsApp message evoked memories of the November 26, 2008 attack in which Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the state government should seriously consider this threat and investigate the matter, said NCP leader of opposition Ajit Pawar today.
The development follows security fears after a boat carrying AK-47s, rifles, guns and ammunition was found on Harihareshwar beach in the state’s Raigad district on Thursday. After the seizure of the boat, the Maharashtra Police has been asked to be alert.
According to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, this boat belongs to an Australian citizen. “Boat’s engine burst in the sea, Korean boat rescued people. It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Police and administration have been instructed to be ready in view of the upcoming festive season,” he said.
On 26 November 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived by sea and opened fire, killing hundreds of people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring many in Mumbai.
Nine terrorists were later killed by security forces, including the country’s elite commando force NSG. Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on 21 November 2012.