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Balloon from Pakistan lands in Gurdaspur, creates flutter

The green balloon, which had the words ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ (Independence celebrations) written on it in Persian script, landed near the taxi stand outside the Kalanaur bus stand around noon.

punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2017 23:10 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
Gurdaspur,gas balloon,‘Jashn-e-Azadi’
The locals later handed over the balloon to the Kalanaur police.(HT Photo)

A Pakistani gas balloon landed at Kalanaur, 25 km from here, on Wednesday, creating a flutter among local residents.

The green balloon, which had the words ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ (Independence celebrations) written on it in Persian script, landed near the taxi stand outside the Kalanaur bus stand around noon.

Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14, a day before India commemorates the end of the British rule in the country.

A taxi driver caught hold of the balloon, which evoked the curiosity of all those present in the area.

The locals later handed over the balloon to the Kalanaur police.

Talking to HT, Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bhupinderjeet Singh Virk confirmed the incident and said the balloon was filled with hydrogen and it came down as the gas leaked out.

“The balloon entered the Indian territory just because it was blown by the wind in this direction. There is nothing to be panicky about. It caused no breach of security,” he added.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 18:37 IST