IS posters found near Solan army cantonment

Shimla, Jan 31 (IANS) Miscreants defaced walls and pasted posters near an army cantonment in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on Tuesday, claiming the arrival of the Islamic State (IS) and its threat of blasts, a police official said.

However, no arrest has been made so far.

The posters and a flag saying “ISIS Coming Soon”, written in English, Hindi and Urdu, surfaced on the walls near Subathu cantonment, the official told IANS.

Subathu is some 50 km from the state capital here.

One of the posters warned of triggering three bomb blasts from Subathu to Nepal.

Additional Superintendent of Police Manmohan Singh visited the area and said a state forensic team collected evidence from the spot. He said several people were questioned.

The police said investigations were on and also asked the locals not to feel threatened by the posters.

Earlier in January, a temple in Solan was defaced with “ISIS coming soon” written over its walls in English and Arabic.

In December 2016, a 23-year-old man from Bengaluru with alleged IS links was arrested by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team and the local police from Banjar area in Kullu district.

The suspect Abeed Khan was arrested from a church where he was staying with a fake identity for several months, the police said.