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Missing taxi: Himachal cops grope in dark

punjab Updated: Jan 23, 2016 21:49 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Kangra Police

Images of the suspects released by Delhi police on Twitter (Photo courtesy-Twitter).

Himachal Pradesh police are struggling to locate the missing taxi, whose driver was found murdered in Kangra on January 20.

The incident has sparked security concerns as the Himachal-registered taxi was hired by three unidentified men from Pathankot, where an air force base came under terrorists’ attack early this month.

Delhi Police had on Friday issued an alert after the body of the driver, identified as Vijay Kumar, was found at Kalta bridge, around 30 km from Kangra.

Police also released photographs of suspects and details of the vehicle through its official Twitter handle saying the Maruti Alto was hired by three men on January 20.

“There are no fresh clues about the missing vehicle and the three persons who hired the taxi. Investigations are on full swing and teams have been sent to neighbouring states to trace the vehicle,” said Kangra superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Dular, whose team visited the spot where the driver’s body was found.

The case has also put a question mark on the functioning of police as the family members of the driver, who stays in Gaggal, around 10 km from Kangra, had lodged a missing complaint on January 15. Police, however, failed to take any appropriate action. Even after Vijay Kumar’s body was found on January 20, it took police two days to alert the neighbouring states.

The local cops woke up from slumber and started taking the case seriously only after Delhi Police issued an alert.

HP Police is yet to get the driver’s autopsy report.

Director general of police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar, who is camping in Kangra, on Saturday, visited the Punjab-Himachal border areas in the district to reviewed security arrangements.

“We are fully alert and tight vigil is being kept on the entry points to Himachal,” said the DGP.