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Militants threaten to blow up Akshardham temple

Militants threaten to blow up Akshardham temple

Security at Akshardham temple was beefed up.

New Delhi: Security at the famous Akshardham temple in the capital was beefed up on Friday after police received intelligence inputs that Kashmiri militants planned to blow it up.

"We received an input that some militants belonging to Kashmir-based groups were planning to create terror in the capital by blowing up the temple," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar said.

He did not specify which militant group was planning to carry out the attack.

Following the input, police have deployed more personnel at the temple on the banks of Yamuna in east Delhi, visited by thousands of people every day.

The Akshardham temple has recently made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's largest Hindu temple complex.

The temple is spread over expansive lawns covering an area of 86,342 square feet and is 356 feet long, 316 feet wide and 141 feet high.

Intelligence agencies had last month warned that militants plan to carry out terror strikes in the capital.

first published:January 04, 2008, 20:14 IST