A Saturday carjacking incident with no claimed terrorist link still led to an alert being sounded in Gurdaspur, Batala, Pathankot and Hoshiarpur police districts on Sunday.
Around 10.15pm on Saturday, three men took away this Swift D’Zire taxi at gunpoint close to Aujala village on the Babri bypass near Gurdaspur. On Sunday, Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jagdeep Singh Hundal told the media here that the carjackers had intercepted victim driver Pardeep Saini on his way back to Pathankot from Amritsar. “They came out of a white Tata Sumo vehicle carrying the ‘On duty’ sticker and started slapping Saini, claiming he had hit their vehicle on the way. The drunken men pushed him out of the car and drove it away,” the SSP added.
The Tata Sumo was abandoned near Mann Kaur Singh Chowk in Gurdaspur, just 1.5 km from the scene of carjacking.
The stolen car was traced to Dostpur village in Kalanaur police jurisdiction around 3.15am on Sunday. Police say the Tata Sumo belongs to Gurdev Singh of Tarn Taran and is on contract with Videocon company. “A case has been registered at Tibber and all three carjackers identified,” said the SSP.
Security concern: SP-rank officer posted in Pathankot
After twin terror attacks in Punjab in less than six months, an SP (superintendent of police) rank officer has been posted here to coordinate with the security agencies to prevent a repeat. “SP (operations) Hem Pushp Sharma has been sent to Narot Jaimal Singh area to establish synergy with the Border Security Force (BSF), army, intelligence, and Jammu and Kashmir Police to prevent another terror attack,” Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal said on Sunday. Sharma will also lead anti-terror operations and carry out combing, search, and night-domination exercise in sensitive areas near the Pakistan border. Gurdaspur had witnessed a terror attack on July 27 last year and another on the Pathankot airbase had come this January.
(with agency inputs)