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Himachal Pradesh: ISIS posters, graffiti appears in Sabathu Cantonment area, causes panic

Graffiti and posters in a high security area in Solan district cautioning people about ISIS triggering possible bomb blasts at several places today caused panic, with police saying it was not taking the issue “lightly”.

The posters and graffiti appeared at five places in Sabathu Cantonment area in Solan district, about 70 km from here, with one threatening bomb blasts from Himachal Pradesh to Nepal using washing machines and television sets. Police rushed to the spot and launched probe after registering an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC.

ISIS poster seen near Army Cantt in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district

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“Many people have been questioned in this regard but so far, no arrest has been made,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Manmohan Singh, who rushed to the spot immediately after receiving the information. Forensic teams also visited all the five places, examined the spot and collected evidences.

“It seems to be some mischief, but we are not taking it lightly and probing thoroughly to identify the accused,” said a senior police official. Earlier, the walls of a temple at Dharampur, 15 Km from Sabathu were defaced, with inscriptions like “ISIS coming soon” in English and Arabic.

The police is trying to establish link between both the incidents. In December last, 23-year-old Abeed Khan from Bangalore, with alleged IS links, was arrested by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team from a church in Banjar in Kullu district. He was living with fake identity.