Amritsar grenade attack: Rajnath, Amarinder talk security in detail

Frederick Owens
November 19, 2018

Around 200 people were inside the complex at the time of the blast, Inspector General of Police (Border) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar said.

Randeep Singh Surjewala of the Congress tweeted, "Strongly condemn the blast in Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar".

Punjab police said Sunday the attack appears to be a "terrorist act".

"We have sufficient evidence in the case to follow the leads and investigations are going on in the right direction". Three persons were killed in the incident, the official said.

The Sant Nirankari Mission is a spiritual organisation and the Bhavan here is located close to the worldwide airport and Indo-Pak border. "Nobody will be allowed to get away with trying to disturb the peace and harmony of the state", he said.

At least three people were killed and 10 others were left injured on Sunday in a grenade attack at a religious gathering in Punjab's Amritsar district, police said.

Soon after the attack, the chief minister reviewed the law and order situation in the state and asked the state home secretary, director general of police, director generals, law & order and intelligence, to rush to Rajasansi in Amritsar to supervise the ongoing probe into the grenade attack, an official spokesman said here.

Two men with their faces covered threw a grenade at the Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar.

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Akali Dal blames Amarinder Singh government for Amritsar attack: Heartfelt condolences with families of people who lost their lives and are injured in today's attack at #NirankariBhawan in Amritsar.

The CM announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the deceased's kin and directed the administration to provide the best possible medical care, free of cost, to the injured.

After the incident, the Bhavan was sealed by the police and security was stepped up at other "Nirankari Bhavans" in the state. He also announced Rs. 5 lakh for the victims and free treatment for the injured.

The State was put on alert after four persons carjacked an SUV at gunpoint near Madhopur area in Pathankot district last week.

The incident took place inside the Nirankari Bhavan at Adliwal village near Amritsar's Rajasansi, police said.

The letter pointed out that in the wake of the input there is a need to mount special and strong "nakas" at all important points and routes, conduct strict vehicular checking and take suitable counter measures for all sensitive locations. Punjab police suspects Pakistan's JeM as also radical Sikh groups.

Earlier on November 16, Amritsar was in high alert after reports of dreaded terrorist Zakir Musa being spotted in the city emerged. He said he was deeply anguished by the deaths.

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