At least 3 people were killed and 20 others were injured in a grenade attack incident at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar’s Rajasansi district. The blast took place when a group of Nirankaris, members of a spiritual organization gathered at a religious congregation. The injured people have been rushed to the nearby hospital.
Police are still investigating the case to see if there is any terror angle involved as no terror organization has taken the responsibility for the attacks. Eyewitnesses said that two to three men came on a motorcycle and threw a bomb inside the Nirankari Bhawan where a large gathering of people had gathered for Satsang. The Nirankaris gathers every Sunday for religious activities.
The Punjab police soon arrested two suspects after the blasts and recovered live cartridges from them. It appears that the incident has a terror angle associated with it as a group of people was attacked and not an individual. Around 250 people were present inside the complex when the incident occurred.
Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor reviewed the situation hours after the blast. A three-member team of the National Investigation Agency will be in Amritsar to do the further investigation. Officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that two “turbaned youths” thrown a grenade at the gathering and fled from the spot. Unfortunately, no CCTV cameras were installed at the location where the incident took place.
The blast took place despite Punjab been on high alert after the counter-intelligence wing of the state had warned everyone about the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists planning to move towards Delhi from the state. Punjab CM offered condolences by saying ‘my heart goes out to the victims of Amritsar bomb blast’ and also offered an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 Lakh to the family of the dead and the treatment of the injured people. The Chief Minister also said that the possible involvement of the ISI-based Khalistani and Kashmiri terror groups cannot be ruled out.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also mention on Tuesday that the attack “seemed to carry Pakistan’s signature. He mentions that “initial investigations indicated that the grenade used was similar to those manufactured by the Pakistan Army Ordnance factory”.
Following the attacks on Amritsar, now Punjab and Delhi both are on high alert. The intelligence agencies are also looking for the possibility of involvement of some people from Canada and England. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarendra Singh held a meeting with the top officials to review law and order in the state.
3 Killed and 20 Injured in a grenade blast In Amritsar
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