An anonymous letter, threatening that bombs would explode in trains if Al Umma prisoners lodged in prisons were not released, was received by the Vriddhachalam Railway Station master on Saturday evening.

Consequent to the threat letter, the Government Railway Police at Vriddhachalam registered a case under IPC section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) and are conducting an investigation.

This is the second time this year that a threat letter had been addressed to the station master of Vriddhachalam, which falls within the jurisdiction of Tiruchi Railway Division.

Railway sources here said the handwritten and unsigned letter in Tamil also demanded the release of Zakir Hussain, one of the accused in the case pertaining to planting of a pipe bomb under a culvert on the convoy route of BJP leader L.K. Advani during his visit to Madurai in October 2011.

Claiming that ‘ganja’ and idols of various Gods were being smuggled in trains, the letter wanted 35 per cent reservation for Muslims in government jobs. It threatened that bombs would explode in trains proceeding to Chennai from Vriddhachalam. - Staff Reporter