Delhi Police issues alert after taxi driver from Pathankot found dead

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday issued an alert after the driver of a taxi hired by three unidentified persons from Pathankot was found dead in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, in the aftermath of the airbase attack.

The taxi driver, identified as Vijay Kumar, a resident of Gaggal village in Kangra district, was found dead on Wednesday at the Kalta bridge in Kangra and his taxi missing, police said.

The Delhi Police tweeted out alerts from their official Twitter handle saying:

According to a DNA report, the Delhi Police had been on alert since the blue beacon flashing SUV of a senior IPS officer was stolen.

Asked on the threat perception, Delhi police Commissioner BS Bassi urged people in the city to remain alert without
disclosing any further details citing security concerns.

Meanwhile, speaking to The Hindustan Times, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajan Bhagat said, "There is no need to panic but we urge people to stay alert. Citizens should inform the police control room if they see any suspicious activity around them."

The alert was issued in the backdrop of the attack on IAF base in Pathankot where terrorists had first killed a cab driver and robbed his car before launching the strike.

Delhi Police issues alert after taxi driver from Pathankot found dead

The image tweeted out by the Delhi Police. Image courtesy: @DelhiPolice /Twitter

Delhi Police has approached media houses in helping it find the car and spread the alert message through retweets.

This alert comes right ahead of the Republic Day parade in the National Capital, for which security was already heightened.

On Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Delhi with Delhi Police Commissioner Bassi and other senior officials from intelligence and security agencies.

As per Home Ministry sources, the security machinery is fully alert to foil any threat by terror groups and possible presence of Islamic State sympathisers is also being factored.

“There may make an attempt to undermine the sense of security through small actions such as knife attack on security personnel or snatching of service weapons. But the security agencies are alert and will foil any such attempt,” a ministry source said.

The Pathankot terror attack has been weighing heavy on the minds of India's security machinery and all security aspects are being looked into.

With agency inputs

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2016 08:22:45 IST

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