Car found in Pathankot, probe is on

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New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2016 8:54:54 AM

According to a report, the car was stopped by locals but the people traveling in the vehicle managed to flee.

According to a report, the car was stopped by locals but the people traveling in the vehicle managed to flee. (Representative image by PTI)According to a report, the car was stopped by locals but the people traveling in the vehicle managed to flee. (Representative image by PTI)

A car was found under mysterious circumstances in Bamiyal in Pathankot of Punjab. According to a report, the car was stopped by locals but the people traveling in the vehicle managed to flee. Police have seized the car and it has leaned that the vehicle was bearing a Jammu and Kashmir number plate. The authenticity of the number plate is yet to be ascertained. A further investigation is on. In January, seven military personnel were killed when six terrorists attacked the Pathankot air base. Notably, Punjab SP Salwinder Singh’s car was hijacked by the terrorists near the Janial border to reach the Pathankot air base at that time.

The blue beacon atop the Mahindra XUV of Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh helped the terrorists, who hijacked the vehicle, get past several police checkposts on Friday. It is suspected that the same lot of terrorists entered the Pathankot airbase because the SUV was found abandoned a little over 500 metres away. SP Salwinder Singh, his jeweller-friend Rajesh Verma, and Verma’s cook Madan Gopal, had set out for Gurdaspur from Talur village in Pathankot around 10 pm. Unsure of the route, they stopped at two police checkposts for directions. Verma, who was at the wheel, drove towards Kolian village to take the Taragarh-Dinanagar link road to Gurdaspur.

Pathankot has remained a sensitive zone following thye deadly attack in January. A heightened vigil has maintained from time to time. Notably, terrorists who had sneaked in from across the border had attacked Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1-2 this year. An alert was also sounded in the border district of Pathankot in the wake of terror strike on an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

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