Mumbai: Man held for hoax call of 26/11 like attack on Taj Hotel


An official stated on Friday that a 36-year-old man was arrested by Mumbai Police after reportedly making a hoax call regarding a terror attack against the city’s historic Taj Hotel.

The Santacruz police station has opened an investigation, according to officials.

On Thursday, the Mumbai police control room received a call informing them that two Pakistani residents were planning to enter Mumbai across the coastal line and blow up the Taj Hotel.

The caller identified himself as Mukesh Singh, according to officials, and the Mumbai Crime Branch, Unit 9, launched an investigation into the issue.

The accused was identified through technical analysis as Jagdamba Prasad Singh, a resident of Santacruz West who was born in the hamlet of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh.

He was later apprehended by the crime section, and a cell phone was taken from him.

The accused confessed to the crime during interrogation and was turned over to the Santacruz Police Station.

On November 26, 2008, armed terrorists from Pakistan carried out coordinated terror strikes in Mumbai, including the Taj Mahal hotel.

On November 26, that year, ten terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organization arrived by ship and began firing, killing 166 people, including 18 security officials, and wounded over 300 others. The ten terrorists crossed the Arabian Sea from Pakistan’s Karachi to Mumbai by seizing a Kuber fishing trawler, killing all the crew, and then arriving in an inflatable speedboat after killing the captain.

They docked near the Gateway of India on Mumbai’s waterfront, kidnapped automobiles, including a police van, and broke into at least three groups to carry out the attacks in order to maximize damage. On November 21, 2012, Indian security forces murdered nine terrorists and hung one, Ajmal Kasab, who was caught alive.