The frantic search for a mysterious Nano car over the last two days that deprived many policemen of sleep and spread panic among Bangaloreans has finally come to an end.
In the early hours of Tuesday, the Byatarayanapura traffic police traced the mystery car near Nayandahalli junction. A quick inquiry revealed that the car belonged to a Gujarat-based businessman, who is a frequent visitor to the city. Police say he had been residing in the city for the last few days.
“We have learnt that he is innocent. There is nothing suspicious about him or his Nano car,” police said.
On Saturday, police were tipped off about a suspicious vehicle believed to be used by terrorists to sneak into the city and target prominent luxury hotels.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Police Commissioner B G Jyotiprakash Mirji said a citizen had informed them of a suspicious vehicle.
“We did not receive any inputs from the Intelligence Bureau. We thoroughly questioned the owner of this car and verified all his documents. He is innocent and we let him off,” Mirji said.
There was no mala fide or mischievous intention behind the tip-off, Mirji said, and added that the police did not want to take any chances.
“It is just like when we receive bomb hoax calls. We know it is a hoax only after we check.”
The Commissioner urged citizens to remain vigilant and provide any valuable information to the police department about any suspicious persons or activities in and around the city.