Pathankot Taxi Missing, So Are 3 Passengers, Driver Dead

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New Delhi:  A missing taxi from Pathankot and its driver, found mysteriously dead some 500 km away, have triggered a new alert by the police ahead of the January 26 Republic Day celebration.

The white Alto taxi was hired by three young men from Pathankot, where the Air Force base was attacked by terrorists earlier this month. The body of the driver, Vijay Kumar, was found on Wednesday in Kangra in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

The car has not been found and the men, who reportedly spoke in Punjabi, are also missing.

This is the second missing vehicle since a police officer’s car with a beacon was stolen on Wednesday.

The Delhi Police has tweeted images of the men who hired the taxi. In their tweet tagging the media, the police have said that the car’s registration number is HP01D2440.
Police across India are on guard ahead of Republic Day, which will feature French President Francois Hollande as Chief Guest. The National Investigation Agency has arrested 14 terror suspects, believed to be sympathisers of the ISIS, from across the country.

A letter reportedly from Chennai and warning against President Hollande’s visit was delivered on January 11 to the French consulate in Bengaluru.

French envoy Francois Richier said today he is “not sure if the threat is credible though security is unprecedented in Delhi given the overall threat perception.”

A recent review of security, customary ahead of Republic Day, was led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and officials concluded that an ISIS threat “is very real”.

On Wednesday, four men were arrested from Uttarakhand for alleged links to the ISIS. They had been under surveillance for visiting ISIS propagandist sites.

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