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Pak balloons used in poll campaign: Himachal police

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, May 09, 2013
First Published: 20:16 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 20:18 IST(9/5/2013)

The Kangra police on Thursday said there was nothing to worry about the bouquet of balloons bearing the Pakistan flag that landed in Dhameta area of Nurpur subdivision in the district.

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Superintendent of police (SP), Kangra, Balbir Thakur said the balloons might have been launched during some election rally of a political party in Pakistan and crossed over to this side with the wind.

“The balloons crossed unnoticed due to height,” Thakur said, adding that the balloons were printed with Urdu text Chaudhary Mukhtar Ahemd, Intakhabi Nishan-Teer (election symbol- arrow).

Ahemd is a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidate contesting the elections from Gujarat district. About 25 inflated balloons bearing the Pakistani flag were spotted around 9am by some locals, who informed the police after which intelligence agencies were called in.

This had created a panic in the area as the balloons were lying near floodgates of Pong Dam.  However, medical experts from a local hospital, which examined the bouquet, ruled out possibility of any poisonous gas in balloons.


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