A pro-Islamic State media group, the Ahwaal Ummat Media Center, has released an image depicting an attack on the Taj Mahal, the Hindustan Times reported.
The image was posted on encrypted communications app Telegram on 14 March, the daily quoted Site Intelligence Group – an online jihadi activity tracker – as saying.
Security has been beefed up at the monument in the wake of the reported threats. Senior Superintendent of Police Preetinder Singh said police teams were on alert and a close watch was being kept on crowds. Uttar Pradesh ADG (law and order) assured that security has been enhanced in and around the area.
Archaeological Survey of India and senior police officials, however, tried to play down the threat, saying the security arrangements were routine.
In November 2016, the US state department had warned about possible Islamic State terror attacks in India.
US Embassy New Delhi warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets.. pic.twitter.com/g7lOmZPlID— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) November 1, 2016
(With IANS inputs)