Himachal Pradesh police on Friday ruled out the possibility of a terror angle in the death of a taxi driver, reportedly hired to travel to Pathankot, Punjab. The driver, Vijay Kumar, was found dead on January 20, three days after he went missing. NDTV reported that a police officer said his death might be a drug-related crime.
The Delhi Police had earlier on Friday issued an alert about the missing taxi hired by three unknown people in Pathankot. The driver of the white Alto car was found dead in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, the police said. Security forces in the country have been on high alert since the attack on the Pathankot Air Force base earlier this month. Police teams were sent to Talwara in Hoshiarpur district, Pathankot, and Lakhanpur in Jammu and Kashmir, to track down the three passengers.
The Border Security Force shot down a suspected terrorist near the Tash border outpost in Pathankot on Thursday. According to reports, three people tried to infiltrate the border at the Sehjra Bulge area, and one was shot down while two escaped. A flag meeting was held between BSF personnel and Pakistan rangers at the Tash Pattan post after the incident took place.
Investigative officials said there is a possibility that two of the four terrorists killed during the Pathankot attack could have been insiders. National Investigation Agency officials raided several places on Thursday, including the home of Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police, Salwinder Singh. He had said his vehicle was hijacked by terrorists, who used it to enter the base before the attack. Singh has been questioned and put through a lie detector test as part of the investigation.