THRISSUR: The Railway police on the basis of an intelligence tip-off have warned of a likely security threat to the lives of commuters, especially Ayyappa devotees, here from the so-called Islamic State(IS) terror outfit.
According to the advisory received by the Station Master at the Thrissur Railway station, the IS operatives might well poison the potable water provided at the station as part of the terror design. Hence, the Station Master has been advised to undertake a safety audit of the food and potable water made available to commuters and Sabarimala pilgrims.
Thrissur Station Master K R Jayakumar said he had indeed received a tip-off in this regard from the Railway police. He revealed the missive specifically referred to a possible bid by the IS operatives to lace the potable water with poison. “We are not taking any chances and viewing the issue in all seriousness. The water tanks and food items will be properly inspected and regular checking will be carried out,” Jayakumar said.
Behera cautions against spreading threat message
T’Puram: State police chief Loknath Behera cautioned people against spreading threat messages through social media, claiming to be those of IS (Islamic State).
Against the backdrop of police issuing an alert to railway authorities in Thrissur SPC said it was a normal policing activity and there was no need to panic. “Every aspect of threat messages, including their veracity, is being inquired into by the police. We normally give certain alert messages to the authorities concerned, as a precaution and to remain alert. We are keeping a watch on the critical infrastructure of public interest.” said a statement from SPC.
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