Police Officer’s Car Stolen From His Home, Alert Sounded

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New Delhi: An SUV with a blue beacon, belonging to a senior border police officer, was stolen in the early hours of Wednesday from Noida near Delhi. Weeks after the Pathankot terror attack, the police in Delhi and neighbouring states are on high alert and trying to trace the car.

The brand new Tata Safari was stolen from the home of Anand Swarup, the Inspector General of the Indo Tibetan Border Police or ITBP. The car had a Chandigarh registration number CH 2915, say the police.

Police across India are on guard ahead of the Republic Day celebrations next week, when French President Francois Hollande will be Chief Guest. Intelligence and security agencies have reported a threat from the terror group ISIS.

The police and security agencies are concerned because just before the terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base earlier this month, the official vehicle of a police officer was hijacked.

The blue beacon on the Mahindra XUV car of police officer Salwinder Singh helped the six terrorists get past several police check posts a day before the January 2 attack. The SUV was found abandoned a little over 500 metres from the base.

Salwinder Singh, who was a Superintendent of Police in Punjab’s Gurdaspur, which borders Pakistan, has claimed that he was travelling with his jeweler friend and cook when they were waylaid, abducted and later released by the terrorists dressed in army fatigues on the night of December 31.

The terrorists used his car to enter Pathankot, where they attacked the air force base, one of the largest and more sensitive military installations in the western sector close to the border.

Seven security personnel were martyred and 20 were injured in the attack.

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