PS officer’s beacon-fitted SUV stolen; alert sounded by Delhi Police

PS officer’s beacon-fitted SUV stolen; alert sounded by Delhi Police

An alert has been sounded after a blue-beacon flashing SUV of a senior IPS officer was stolen in the wee hours of Wednesday from Noida prompting police to launch a massive manhunt in the wake of the security alert for Republic Day.

“All DCPs have been asked to direct their personnel and local police to inform immediately if they spot the said vehicle. Several checking teams have been deployed and traffic officials have been briefed about the SUV,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said. Officials said all police units in the national capital region have been alerted in this regard.

They said the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) bearing registration number CH-01 GA 2915 of ITBP Inspector General (IG) Anand Swarup was stolen from his Sector-23 residence in the intervening hours of January 19-20. They said the vehicle is suspected to have been stolen around 3:30 AM.

They said the guard on duty in the complex alerted the Swarup family about the missing vehicle after which an FIR was lodged by the officer in Sector 24 police station in Noida. The vehicle was parked late on Tuesday night after it came back from Delhi, they said.

Swarup, a 1992-batch Indian Police Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is posted as IG (Provisioning) at the headquarters of the border guarding force in Delhi. ITBP has instituted a court of inquiry into the incident, they said, adding the IG was posted in Delhi few months back on transfer from Mussoorie.

Officials said the SUV was purchased some months back and has a blue beacon, a two-star police IG plate and an ITBP flag in the front.

The police are making all efforts to trace the vehicle in the wake of the recent Pathankot attack where terrorists had overpowered an Punjab police SP riding a similar vehicle to reach the IAF base before launching the deadly strike. There have been instances in the past when vehicles with beacon, including during the Parliament attack, were used to launch terror attacks by hoodwinking security officials.

The National Capital Region is already on high alert in view of the Republic Day celebrations.