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Threat Email Warns of Stadium Attack During World Cup in Ahmedabad

Indian authorities have been placed on high alert after receiving a “threat email” from an anonymous sender. The email carries a chilling warning of a potential attack on the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, the very venue where the World Cup final is scheduled to take place. The sender has demanded an exorbitant sum of Rs5,000 million, threatening to unleash havoc if the payment is not made to the local gangster, Lawrence Bishnoi, who is allegedly linked to the threat.

The Hindustan Times reported on this alarming development, highlighting that the email conveyed the group’s claim that they have already dispatched operatives to carry out their ominous plans. Unfortunately, the exact date when Indian authorities received the email remains undisclosed, adding to the sense of urgency surrounding this situation.

The content of the threat email is chilling, as it brazenly states, “We will blow up Narendra Modi and the Narendra Modi stadium as well if the government fails to pay us ₹ 500 crore and release Lawrence Bishnoi. If you wish to talk, do so on this email.” This stark declaration has sent shockwaves through the security apparatus.

Compounding the concern is the revelation that the imprisoned gangster, Lawrence Bishnoi, who is at the center of this threat, is currently behind bars in a Delhi jail. Moreover, the “threat mail” is suspected to have originated from Europe, a fact that has raised additional questions about its authenticity and source.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was the initial recipient of this ominous communication. Subsequently, the NIA promptly alerted the Mumbai police, setting off a coordinated response to this serious threat.

While there remains a possibility that this message could be a hoax or an act of mischief originating from a foreign location, authorities are not taking any chances. Security measures have been significantly bolstered, with approximately 3,500 police personnel deployed during the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup on October 5, in a bid to safeguard the stadium and attendees.

This concerning incident is further compounded by a previous threat from Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, a central leader of the US-based group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Pannu had previously threatened to disrupt the cricket World Cup, leading to the registration of an FIR against him by the Ahmedabad police on September 29, as was reported by News18. The convergence of these threats underscores the seriousness of the situation and the need for a robust security response.

Muhammad Hammad Rafique

I'm senior journalist at ThePost newspaper and I've massive experience in journalism, I've done my graduation in mass communication and I've a deep connection with news reporting.

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