"We have sounded an alert in our area (Pathankot). We are taking this matter very seriously and we are making efforts to locate the missing taxi", Senior Superintendent of Police, Pathnakot, R K Bakshi said yesterday.
The taxi driver, identified as Vijay Kumar, a resident of Gaggal village in Kangra district, was found dead on Wednesday at the Kalta bridge in Kangra and his taxi missing, police said.
However, the SSP said the white-colour Alto taxi with registration number HP 01D 2440 was not hired from Pathankot.

"Neither the taxi was hired from Pathankot nor the incident (recovery of body) has happened here (Pathankot)", he said.
Noting that he had got the matter inquired, Bakshi said three Punjabi-speaking persons had hired the taxi from Gaggal in Kangra district for Pathankot.

Police in the national capital also sounded an alert and asked citizens to stay vigilant.

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