Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, the Jammu Kashmir Police have sounded an alert against four unidentified youth who hijacked a Srinagar-bound taxi and drove towards the Valley after tying the driver to a tree near Ramban along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Tuesday.
Confirming the incident, Doda range DIG Ashkoor Ahmed Wani said police across the state have been alerted against the hijackers and efforts are on to trace the taxi.
Sources said that driver Karamveer Singh was found tied to a tree by a CRPF patrol at 8 am. Taxi No. PB-35P-4434 was reportedly hired for Srinagar by two Punjabi-speaking youth at Pathankot on Monday evening. On reaching Jammu, two Kashmiri-speaking boys also boarded the vehicle.
At an isolated place near Karol bridge, they forced the driver out on gunpoint and tied him to a tree . Given the intelligence inputs about possible terror bids in the state in view of the Independence Day celebrations, police suspect that the hijacked car could be used for some terrorist activity.