In a major security breach ahead of India Independence Day , a police quick reaction team (QRT) vehicle with flashers on top was stolen recently from a spot near South Extension in south Delhi. The vehicle was attached to the Tughlaq Road police station and had just returned from a patrol. The theft has sent security agencies in a tizzy , with a massive hunt launched to recover the Vehicle . Personnel at barricades set up for Independence Day and all beat officer have been asked to keep a lookout for the vehicle. The area DCP has been asked to supervise the probe.
The theft comes days after security agencies had issued an alert regarding possibility of a car, including a police vehicle, being used as a vehicle borne IED (VBIED) for a strike before August 15. Fearing misuse, intelligence agencies are assisting the police in tracking down the vehicle. Sources said the Gypsy driver had gone home in the vehicle and parked it outside his house. He went in for a few minutes and returned to find the vehicle missing. Immediately , a PCR call was made and messages on the vehicle flashed across Delhi. An FIR was also registered.
Police have also issued an order that no staff vehicle is to be abandoned even for a moment. All SHOs have been asked to ensure that vehicles attached to their police stations are parked within premises.