At least nine young men belonging to Gurdaspur district of Punjab were arrested at Chowari in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, on Tuesday after an unsuccessful bid to hijack a tourist bus from the Khajjiar hill resort.
The young men, who were driving their jeep over the grass, were asked not to do so by the locals and tourist guides. After misbehaving with female tourists and local hosts, the young men, some of them allegedly drunk, boarded a tourist bus and tried to hijack it.
They forcibly evicted the driver and stopped the vehicle after 20 km when intercepted and captured by the police. Giving a clarification on the incident, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told the Vidhan Sabha that all 22 tourists from Gujarat were safe and the hijackers had been caught by the Chamba Police.
Some sharp-edged, country-made weapons were recovered from them and they have been booked under various sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Penal Code. None of the tourists, comprising six women and ten children, sustained injuries, the Chief Minister added.