The police said the sender demanded bitcoins as ransom (Photo Credit: Representational Image)
Four high-end hotels in Mumbai on Wednesday received emails threatening a bomb blast by Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hotel Leela, Hotel Princess, Hotel Park and Hotel Ramada Inn got the messages on Wednesday with the sender claiming to be a member of the terror outfit LeT, a police official said. However, nothing suspicious was found during the check, the official said. The Mumbai Police have also beefed up security in other five-star hotels located in Andheri, Juhu, Santacruz, Mira Road and near the international airport.
The emails that most of the Mumbai hotels received were generated by their websites after the sender wrote the threat messages in the comments section. The police said the sender demanded bitcoins as ransom. The subject of the emails read: "Lashkar-e-Taiba wants management of your hotel".
According to reports, the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and crime branch officials also conducted parallel inquiries. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) have also been deployed in the premises of the hotels.
"After the police were told about the threat mails, security was beefed up at these hotels. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) checked the hotels, but nothing suspicious was found in them," the official said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation) Pranay Ashok said, "The anti-sabotage check of these hotels was conducted in the presence of the local police. But nothing suspicious was found there."