3 Killed, 10 Injured In Grenade Attack At Religious Congregation In Amritsar: Updates

3 Killed, 10 Injured In Grenade Attack At Religious Congregation In Amritsar: Updates

3 Killed, 10 Injured In Grenade Attack At Religious Congregation In Amritsar: Updates

New Delhi: Today, the police said that, three people were killed and several injured in a grenade attack at a prayer hall in Amritsar's Rajasansi village. According to the eyewitnesses, two men on a motorcycle, their faces covered, threw a grenade at the Nirankari Bhawan, where a religious ceremony was on at the time, and ran away.

The attack took place amid a high alert that six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists had entered the state and were "planning to move towards Delhi". The CCTV footage are being analysed by the police for clues to identify the attackers, they don't rule out a terror angle.

Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora said, "It (this incident) appears to have a terror angle. Because it is against a group (of people) and it is not against any individual. There is no reason to throw a hand grenade on a group of people, so we will take it as a terrorist act. Till proven otherwise, prima facie we will take it as that," as quoted by news agency PTI.

The incident happened just eight kilometres from the Amritsar airport. A senior police officer said that, Surinder Pal Singh Parmar, said the 15 injured have been taken to the hospital and the bodies of the victims sent for post-mortem.

Every sunday, many people gather there for prayers and kirtan. About 250 people were inside the hall when the attack took place. The two men also threatened devotees with a gun before flinging the explosive.

Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister has promised strongest possible action for this reprehensible act of violence.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that the possibility of involvement of ISIS-backed Khalistani/Kashmiri terror groups can't be ruled out in the attack, and promised that the state won't let the "forces of terror" destroy the hard earned peace.

The Punjab CM also announced Rs. 5 lakh for the victims of the Amritsar blast and free treatment for the injured.

"My condolences are with the families of those who lost their lives in this incident. It is an attempt to disturb peace in Punjab. All the security agencies are on high alert and coordinating with each other to maintain peace," said Sunil Jakhar, Punjab Congress chief.

The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal called it as a "cowardly attack". "We strongly condemn it," he tweeted. Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury said "this is a dangerous thing to happen".

A few days ago, four persons had snatched an SUV at gunpoint near Madhopur in Pathankot district. The police said that, the men who spoke Punjabi, had booked the car from the Jammu taxi stand.