Pathankot on alert af­ter sus­pi­cious men in fa­tigues spot­ted

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - Vi­nay Dhin­gra

THE MAN SAYS AF­TER GIV­ING THEM LIFT, HE GREW SUS­PI­CIOUS OF THE TWO; HE TOLD HIS REL­A­TIVE SIT­TING NEXT TO HIM ABOUT THIS AND THEY DE­CIDED TO RUN AWAY, SAY PO­LICE

PATHANKOT: Se­cu­rity forces launched a search oper­a­tion in the Bamyal sec­tor of Pathankot district along the In­dia-pak­istan bor­der af­ter a man be­long­ing to the Gu­j­jar com­mu­nity claimed to have spot­ted two sus­pi­cious peo­ple in army fa­tigues on Sun­day.

The in­ci­dent took place in the same area where four Pak­istani ter­ror­ists had snatched the car of Pun­jab su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) Sal­winder Singh and later stormed the Pathankot air­base in Jan­uary 2016, killing seven se­cu­rity per­son­nel be­fore be­ing gunned down.

The com­plainant, Maskin Ali, said the two men stopped his car when he was go­ing from Bamyal vil­lage to Fateh­pur and asked him for a lift.

Ali said he grew sus­pi­cious of the two men when one of them was speak­ing on the phone as the car was mov­ing.

“I asked my rel­a­tive to run as soon as I ap­ply brakes to the car, which we did. The two men tried to catch hold of me but I man­aged to run away and then called the po­lice con­trol room (PCR),” Maskin said.

The con­trol room alerted Pathankot se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni who rushed to the spot and de­ployed forces in the area af­ter he found Maskin’s state­ment credible.

The po­lice found the aban­doned car which was brought to the Narot Jaimal Singh po­lice sta­tion where ex­perts were ex­am­in­ing it.

SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said, “I per­son­ally ques­tioned the man and it ap­pears that he is not ly­ing. Po­lice teams are search­ing the area and we have sealed the Pun­jab and J&K bor­der where ev­ery ve­hi­cle is be­ing checked.”

Be­sides Pathankot, po­lice in Gur­daspur and Jammu and Kash­mir’s Kathua have in­creased vigil in their ar­eas.

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