Agra’s Taj Mahal was briefly shut and tourists evacuated this morning after the Uttar Pradesh police have received a threat call about a bomb at the iconic monument.
As per the sources, The UP police received a call from an unknown caller who said that there was a bomb kept inside the historic monument. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, immediately asked visitors to vacate the premises.
Authorities conducted thorough checks following the bomb threat. Entry to tourists resumed a little after 11 am. A senior police officer said no bomb was found.
The hoax call has been traced to Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, an officer was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“This morning, an unknown person called on UP 112 and said there will be a bomb blast at the Taj Mahal. Immediately, as per SOP, our bomb squad and other teams conducted a thorough search of the premises. So far, our field units haven’t given any information of such an item being found,” said A Satish Ganesh, Inspector General, Agra.
In the past too, an unidentified caller had said there was a bomb at the Taj Mahal. Police and security agencies searched thoroughly for the bomb but it later turned out to be a hoax.
The Taj Mahal was reopened in September last year after being closed for almost six months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.