Jammu: Security has been stepped up at Vaishno Devi here after an email purportedly sent by the banned terror outfit Lashker-e-Toiba threatened to target the Hindu holy shrine.
Police have intensified frisking of people, checking of vehicles and are keeping an eye on suspected movements.
The email was sent by the LeT to a hotelier in Katra – base camp for Vaishno Devi pilgrimage –to avenge the execution of 26/11 terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab.
According to the police, the email was traced to Bangalore and was received by AH Bhat, a hotelier of Devi Grand hotel, on November 24.
"Investigation is going on...We cannot rule out either of the two angles to it - one hoax, the other threat from the terror outfit," the officer said. "We cannot deliberate on the issue further since preliminary investigation into the matter is going on."
Police have seized the computer and other equipments on which the email had been sent. Efforts are on to decode the email, police said.
DIG, Udhampur-Reasi, Jagjeet Kumar and other senior officials of central agencies visited Katra and reviewed the security arrangements there.
The email could be a prank by some anti-national elements but no chances can be taken, the senior police official said.