A mortar shell near the house of a local villager threw police into a tizzy on Friday.
The cops, who are on their toes after the Pathankot airbase attack, wasted no time in reaching the Naushera Nalbanda village here to examine the shell.
They heaved a sigh of relief after it was found that it wasn’t a live mortar. Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Bakshi said the mortar is in a defused state and it doesn’t seem to have any link to the militants involved in the Pathankot attack.
The villager who spotted the shell has been identified as Prem Chand. He said he found the shell lying near his cattle shed and immediately informed police. Cops spurred into action as the area is not far from the spot where the militants had abandoned the vehicle of Gurdaspur SP after abducting him.
Police have handed over the shell to security agencies. Cops said it appeared that the shell was brought to the spot by some scrap seller to extract brass.
The SSP said police were not taking
any chances and have urge locals to alert them on finding anything suspicious.