After 4 Iraqis vanish, police scanner on 3 Iranians

Bhubaneswar: A day after four suspected terrorists, claiming to be natives of Iraq, went missing, Odisha police today verified the purpose of visit of three Iranians at Bargarh, police said.

The three Iranians having tourist visa were found repairing their car bearing Delhi registration number (DL 3AA 2506) at a garage in Bargarh, headquarters of Bargarh district, when police picked them up for verification.

Bargarh Superintendent of Police Asish Kumar Singh interrogated them and verified the documents of the three whose visit was ‘suspicious’, police said adding that they were travelling from Sambapur to Bargarh.

SP Singh has been trying to check whether they were actually the three of those four persons who disappeared from the the state capital after they were asked to produce identity proof in a hotel on the night of January 25.

While the four suspected terrorists had used a big car, the Iranians’ car was small, police said.

The four had gone to the hotel in a car with a Delhi registration number which turned out to be fake.

The three Iranians were at Bargarh police station till late in the evening, they said.

Meanwhile, the police seized another car bearing Delhi registration number in Bhubaneswar. Police were yet to ascertain the owner of the vehicle.