Taj Mahal briefly shut after bomb threat call, tourists evacuated

at 12:32 pm
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

New Delhi (NVI): A bomb threat call at the Taj Mahal located in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district triggered panic today after which several tourists were immediately evacuated.

Uttar Pradesh police received a call at around 9 am from an unknown caller who said that there was a bomb kept inside the historic monument, according to media reports.

The call was reportedly made to the UP police helpline.

An intensive search operation was immediately launched inside the Taj Mahal premises by a team of Agra Police and the CISF, which protects the monument.

A bomb disposal squad was also called at the spot, while all possible locations in and around the Taj Mahal are being checked, the reports added.

As a precautionary measure, tourists present inside the historic monument were immediately evacuated and both the entry and exit points were closed.

However, so far, nothing suspicious has been found.

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 for tourists in September last year with strict Covid-19 safety guidelines after being shut for tourists for more than six months since March 17 due to the pandemic.