3 killed, 10 injured in alleged grenade attack on gurdwara 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.

"I appeal to the people of Punjab to maintain peace in wake of Amritsar bomb blast..."

Singh also said the possibility of the involvement of "Khalistanis" (Sikh separatists) or Kashmiri groups backed by Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could not be ruled out.

A religious congregation of the Nirankaris was being conducted inside the Bhavan at the time of the incident.

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. Punjab police suspects Pakistan's JeM as also radical Sikh groups.

On the chief minister's directions, the security has been beefed up at all Nirankari Bhawan's in the state, he added. Eyewitnesses claimed that two or three bike-borne men hurled bombs - grenades, according to some reports - at the gathering and fled.

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"It (this incident) appears to be a terror angle". It is an attempt to disturb peace in Punjab.

The attack also comes at a time when the controversy over the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib - considered to be a living Guru by the Sikhs - in 2015 has been dominating Punjab's politics for nearly five months now. "Till proven otherwise, prima facie we will take it as that", Suresh Arora said. "Strongest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime", he said.

AIR correspondent reports, Punjab Police is watchful and vigilant after receiving inputs that Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, who entered through Ferozepur, might be hiding in the state and they will try to move to Delhi. Security was heightened across the state after intelligence inputs revealed that Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander and slain terrorist Burhan Wani's successor, could be hiding in Punjab.

The state had been put on alert after four persons snatched an SUV from its driver at gunpoint near Madhopur in Pathankot district last week.

Announcing a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of the dead, the Chief Minister said preliminary investigations had revealed that two men, one of them with a flowing beard, with covered faces, allegedly forced their way into the hall by brandishing a pistol.


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