Three killed in blast in Amritsar, India

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addressed the media on Monday

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addressed the media on Monday

At least three people have been killed and 15 left injured in a blast reported on Sunday at Nirankari Bhawan in Rajasansi village of Amritsar district.

On the directions of the Chief Minister, security has been strengthened at all Nirankari Bhawans in the State, the spokesman said. "We will not let the forces of terror destroy our hard earned peace". The state has also faced few terror attacks in recent years, including the one in Pathankot over two years ago. "There were no CCTV installed at this Bhawan, but we are analyzing the footages of adjacent buildings and looking for clues to identify the attackers. Have asked district administration to extend all help", the CM tweeted.

Singh said his Government was "on top of things" and would get to the bottom of the incident soon and ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to book.

Chief minister Amarinder Singh condemned the attack and announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 each to the families of the victims.

A small crater formed by the impact of the explosion was examined by a forensic team. The team has also found the safety valve of the grenade.

Eyewitnesses said two young men arrived on a motorcycle and threw a bomb inside the Nirankari Bhawan complex where a large gathering of people was attending a satsang.

It may be recalled that in 1980, the then chief of the sect, Gurbachan Singh was assassinated by a Sikh extremist at the Foundation's headquarters in Delhi.

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Following the attack, search operation has been launched and state sharing border with Rajasthan have been sealed.

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. "It is too early to say who has done it", Dhillon said. That was soon after 4 suspects snatched an Innova auto at a gunpoint in Madhopur in Pathankot.

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".

At least three people were killed, while ten others sustained injuries after a hand grenade was reportedly thrown at a religious congregation at Raja Sansi village near Amritsar on Sunday. There is no reason to hurl a grenade at a group of people, so we will take it as a terror act.

Earlier in the afternoon, the chief minister had asked the state home secretary and senior police officials, including Director General of Police Suresh Arora, to visit the blast site and supervise investigations. Punjab police suspects Pakistan's JeM as also radical Sikh groups.

Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat had recently warned that attempts were being made to "revive insurgency" in Punjab and had even cautioned that people needed to be careful especially during the festival season to prevent anti-national forces from succeeding in their nefarious designs.

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