Sunday granate sign of a religious assembly in Amritsar has captured Punjab's police napping and exposed clear kinks in state…
Sunday granate sign of a religious assembly in Amritsar has captured Punjab’s police napping and exposed clear kinks in state intelligence. The attack took place at a time when Punjab was a high alert after a specific entry on a mass of terrorists in Jaish-e-Mohammand who had invaded their territory.
DGP Intelligence Dinkar Gupta had directed the district’s police chiefs on Wednesday to raise the wake, set up special nails and strengthen the second defense chain in the border areas. Once again, the attackers managed to enter the Niranakris prayer hall in Adliwal village with hand grenades and guns and light space from the area just 2km from the high security guru Ramdass International Airport at Rajasansi.
“We had no information about a religious function organized in the area. There was also no information about the possibility of attacking such parishes,” said Amritsar, senior police officer (rural) Parampal Singh. “We conducted regular checks,” he added.
Congress MLA Dr. Raj Kumar Verka said that there was an “intelligence error”. “This is a big failure when the state was already alert. We must learn from this,” he said after visiting the site.
Government on backfoot
The second grenade attack in Punjab in two months has put Captain Amarinder Singh-led government on the backfoot. On September 1
4, four low-intensity grenades were wrecked at Maqsudan Police Station in Jalandhar, where two police officers, including a SHO, were injured.
Later, the Punjab police said that the handgun of Kashmir-based terrorist equipment Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) and two Valley youths who studied at a local technical college were arrested.
The opposition, which has accused the captain government of hobnobbing with radical elements on various Sikh problems, is likely to hear the government party over the Amritsar attack.
BJP’s Secretary RP Singh was quick to attack the Punjab government after the attack. “Ministers friendship Khalistanis will cost Punjab dear,” tweeted him. He made a clear reference to Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwas alleged proximity to supporters of US-based pro-Khalisatan Sikh advocacy group Sikhs for Justice.
A senior police officer in Punjab said the attack of the Nirankari mission could be a well-functioning politician, a planned strategy for creating tension between Sikhs and members of the sect. “We explore all such angles,” he said. Another senior official said that the police did not rule out the angle of “internal rivalry” between the Nirankari sect.
First published: November 19, 2018 10:11 IST