Two abandoned bags near Mamoon Cantonment area in Pakistan-bordering Pathakot created a scare early on Thursday as security forces went into a tizzy fearing the possibility of bombs inside them.
The bags, however, did not have explosives, but contained mobile tower batteries that were apparently stolen.
“We have taken the bags into custody. It seems that some burglars stole batteries from some mobile tower but left it here fearing they would be caught,” claimed a police officer investigating on the spot.
An Army patrol team had spotted the bags near lights chowk (Army post) at around 6.30 am, following which the area was cordoned off. Metal detectors were used to confirm there were no explosives in the bags.
The incident comes two days after six unidentified persons abandoned an SUV in a border village in Pathankot. Security forces have been on high alert since, trying to trace the persons who are still at large.
Punjab’s Pathankot district, which is the meeting point with Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, shares the border with Pakistan on the west.
Last year in January, six heavily armed militants entered through the border and attacked the Indian Air Force base, killing two security personnel. The gun battle and the subsequent combing operation lasted about 17 hours over two days, and led to a breakdown of India-Pakistan relations.