Amritsar attack: Wont let forces of terror destroy peace vows CM Amarinder

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addressed the media on Monday

Visuals from the hospital where those injured have been shifted after the blast at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar district, earlier today.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reviewed the law and order situation in the State in the wake of the grenade attack.

The Nirankaris are followers of an independent spiritual movement who claim to be unaffiliated with any religion and reject the authority of Sikhs over them, according to The Indian Express.

Condemning the attack, Singh asked the state home secretary, DGP, DG (Law and Order) and DG Intelligence to rush to Rajasansi area, close to Amritsar global airport, and oversee the investigation into the attack on a Nirankari Bhavan, an official spokesman said.

After the incident, the Bhavan was sealed by the police and security was stepped up at other "Nirankari Bhavans" in the state. "As per initial reports, 2 people had come over here who knocked a grenade here", IG (Border) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar said.

Punjab police also have intelligence input regarding movement of the chief of Jammu and Kashmir-based Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind terror outfit with reported links to JeM - near Amritsar.

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The accused threw a hand grenade at the people attending the religious congregation where close to 250 persons were in attendance and then fled away.

The joint team that raided the hostel also seized two weapons, including an assault rifle and explosives, from the room of one Zahid Gulzar, a BTech (Civil) student from Rajpora in Srinagar district.

Though the State had been hit by a series of cases of targeted attacks since 2015-16, this was the first attempt, in a long time, to disturb the peace in the State through indiscriminate killings, said the Chief Minister, adding it strengthened the belief that Pakistan was continuing with its nefarious activities to disturb the State's peace.

The chief minister also offered his condolences, while announcing Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the dead and free treatment for the injured. "Till proven otherwise, prima facie we will take it as that", Suresh Arora said. "It is a reprehensible act of violence", he tweeted."Strongest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime".

The attack took place amid a high alert issued by the Punjab Police after six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists had reportedly entered the state. "I believe all the security agencies should stay alert and coordinate with each other to maintain peace". Few days ago, four people had snatched an SUV at gun point near Madhopur area in Pathankot, which has not been traced so far. On Friday, Punjab police in Gurdaspur had pasted posters of Musa.

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