Manhunt in Punjab after car snatched at gunpoint

Chandigarh, March 23 (IANS) Punjab Police and other security agencies have launched a manhunt after a car was snatched from a person at gunpoint at Sujanpur town in Punjab’s Pathankot district, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place late on Tuesday, police said.

Police officials, however, ruled out the possibility of a terror angle to the incident even though the whole district has been put on high alert.

“Three men approached the Ford Figo car and hijacked it at gunpoint after forcing the owner out of it. Two people drove the car and the third one fled on a motorcycle,” a Punjab Police officer said in Pathankot.

Sujanpur is about six km from Pathankot on the Pathankot-Jammu highway.

Security agencies were taking the incident seriously in view of two major terrorist strikes in the area in recent months.

Terrorists from Pakistan had attacked the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot on January 2 this year and Dinanagar town in neighbouring Gurdaspur district on July 27 last year.

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