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Terror threat in letter to Welham

New Delhi, April 2: Dehradun police have beefed up security in and around Welham Girls’ School, one of the most prestigious residential schools in the country, following a threat letter purportedly from the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.

Senior superintendent of police Ajay Rautela today said police personnel were deployed on and around the sprawling campus.

“Three days ago, a man in his early twenties handed over a hand-written letter in Hindi to the school’s security guards. He asked the guards to give it to the principal before fleeing. The letter, addressed to the principal, carried the purported signature of one Laqkhvi, who claimed to be the IM commander, and it threatened to avenge what happened to Muslims of Kashmir, Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar,” Rautela said.

School principal Jyotsna Brar sent an email to all parents, asking them to remain calm and assuring them that all necessary security measures had been taken.

She said the school would continue with all its activities and the staff would remain on the campus.

“The board of governors does not wish to (spread) panic, nor do we want to take any chances. Hence, we are taking the threatening note very seriously. We are all aware of the current political climate and are determined to keep our children safe. We are receiving constant support from the police and a special security package has been put into place to make the campus and the surrounding area secure,” she said in the email to the parents.

An intelligence officer expressed surprise at the way the threat letter was delivered. “Usually, the IM emails the media after carrying out attacks. We are examining the letter. We are taking it seriously and efforts are on to get to the bottom of it,” he said.

Threat to college

The principal of a girls’ college in Kota, Rajasthan, today received a threat letter demanding the release of suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists arrested from Jaipur, Jodhpur and Sikar recently, PTI reports. The letter, found in the letter-box at Janki Devi Bajaj Girls College, warned of dire consequences if the terrorists arrested from Jaipur, Jodhpur and Sikar districts were not released.