Two days after the official car of inspector general of the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) Anand Swaroop was stolen from his Noida residence, the Chandigarh police have launched a massive search operation in the city.
The Tata Safari SUV, bearing Chandigarh registration number CH 01 GA 2915, with a VIP hooter and beacon, was found missing on Wednesday morning.
UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “We have flashed the number at all entry and exit points of the city. The cops have been told to keep a check on entry of all Tata Safaris.”
He added that the number has also been provided to all police control room (PCR) vehicles and vigil has been intensified.
Following the incident, a case was registered at Noida. The official car of Swaroop, a 1992 batch UP-cadre IPS officer, was found missing from his house.
The police have heightened the search operations, with the recent attack at the Pathankot air base, in which an SP’s car was stolen, as a reminder.
The SSP said they have also alerted the cops to keep a tab on the white alto, which had gone missing on January 20 from Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The number plate of the Alto is HP01D 2440. The white Alto taxi was hired on January 14 by three young men who wanted to visit Pathankot. After that body of driver Vijay Kumar was found on January 20 at Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.
The Special Protection Group (SPG) and the UT police officials carried out checks across the city a day before the visit of French president Francois Hollande. The members of the French security also arrived in the city. The UT officials will also be assigned different venues. The chief protocol officer of France reached the city, while the chief protocol officer of India will reach on Saturday. More than 4,000 security personnels are deployed in the city.
The sources in the administration said minimum traffic restrictions would be imposed and directions have been issued to release the traffic from the spots where the president’s cavalcade would leave. A senior police officer said an alert has been sounded and proper checks are on before the visit of the French president Francois Hollande and prime minister Narendra Modi.
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