No breakthrough in string of Threat Letter cases threatening to blow up Marudhaiyar Bridge

Tiruchchirapali (TPJ): A series of threat letters addressed to various railway station masters in Tiruchchirapali division over the past few months have kept the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on their toes.

The recent letter which was received a couple of days ago by the Ariyalur station master yet again contained a message threatening to blow up the Marudhaiyar bridge.

Acting on a complaint, the Vriddhachalam police have launched a probe by booking a case.

This is the fourth time in the last six months that the GRP have come across such anonymous letters “targeting” the Marudhaiyar bridge in Ariyalur district.

Ever since a threat letter was received in early January, the GRP galvanised into action deploying beats to guard the Marudhaiyar bridge.

Since then, a team of GRP personnel have been posted in shifts to maintain vigil on the bridge as a precautionary measure.

This security move was put in place alongside launching investigations to track the “author” of the threat letters. Although teams carried sustained probe in a bid to narrow down on the accused, breakthrough continues to elude the investigators, acknowledge GRP officials.

Interestingly, in all the instances reported so far the threat letters were handwritten bearing the names of certain persons and that of a few photo studios in Tiruchi city including the latest one.

Although the threat letters have turned out to be hoax, the GRP have not taken them lightly and conducted sustained inquiries with many till date, say sources.

As part of their probe, the GRP matched the handwriting of certain suspects with that of the threat letters received. However, it did not tally till now, the sources said.

With no tangible clues coming forth regarding the “author” of the slew of threat letters, the string of cases continue to pose a real challenge to the investigators. Nevertheless, teams were on the job of looking out for the accused, says a senior officer.