Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR| Amritsar |Published: November 19, 2018 4:51:33 am Slaughter relatives of one victim after two men…
Slaughter relatives of one victim after two men on a motorcycle threw a grenade on Nirankari Bhawan during a religious assembly in Adliwal village near Amritsar in Punjab on Sunday. (PTI)
Three people were killed and 21 were injured in a grenade attack on a Nirankari sect in Adliwala village, on the outskirts of Amritsar, on Sunday afternoon. While the police said it appeared to be a “terrorist act,” ambassador Punjab, Amarinder Singh, said “the possibility of participating in ISI-supported Khalistani / Kashmir terrorist groups could not be ruled out.”
In a statement, Singh said preliminary investigations revealed that two men who had covered their faces – one had beard – forced themselves into Nirankari Bhavan by waving a gun. The imprisoned Sewadaren lobbed the grenade into the children‘s room and flew on a motorcycle.
A small crater was formed by the impact of the explosion and was investigated by the forensic team. The grenade safety valve has also been found and investigated, he said.
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The police said the incident occurred at 12.30. Nirankari Bhavan, on a narrow lane road connecting Adliwala and Rajasansi, is only 2 km from Amritsar International Airport. About 200 people, including many women, were reported to be inside the attack. The police found no CCTV cameras on the spot.
“It is considered a terrorist attack because the target was a religious group and not an individual. At this stage, it is difficult to link it with any terrorist organization,” said the director general of the Suresh Arora Police. “I have inspected the site. A hand grenade was used in the attack. Our forensic teams have inspected the site. The National Investigation Board also sends its team, he says.
Family members of the deceased at Ivy Hospital, Amritsar. (Express Photo)
“It is suspected to be a terrorist attack. We are investigating it from all angles.” There have been no arrests so far, “said Amritsar Police Commissioner SS Sivastava.
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The victims have been identified as Sandeep Singh (17) by Rajasansi, Sukhdev Kumar (58) from Meerankot and Kuldeep Singh (40) from Baggankalan. The prime minister announced a replacement of Rs 5 lakh each to their families.
Mehakdeep Singh, brother of Sandeep who was a Class IX student, said: “Sandeep was sitting on the front near the stage. I was sitting in the back. I felt something was thrown over my head and landed near the scene. Suddenly there was a blast and the hall was filled with smoke. It was chaos, everyone ran out. Sandeep was unconscious, his legs had been hit. We rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared dead. “
He said that his family participated in the religious assembly every Sunday.” Our mom, Sandeep, me and my wife had arrived today. We have a small shop in Amritsar … We have been following this sect in the last 15 years, he said.
“Two young men went into Satsang Bhavan and lobbed a grenade to the people who prayed. It was a blast,” said Paramjit Kaur, an eyewitness.
“I was in my office when the blast took place” said Onkar Singh (62), head of the Rajasansi branch of the Nirankari sect. His wife and son were injured in the attack. Guru Desa Singh, one of his predecessors, also has injuries and has been hospitalized.
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“I’ve been associated with the Nirankari sect since 1969. I saw the clashes between Nirankaris and Sikhs in the 1970s and 80s. But even at that time our branch was always peaceful … We have no hostility with anyone, “said Onkar Singh.
In his statement, the Prime Minister warned against trying to “disturb the peace and harmony of the state”. “Although the state had suffered a number of cases of targeted attacks since 2015/16, the first attempt was to disturb the peace of the state through unreasonable kills,” he said.
It strengthened the belief that Pakistan continues its hostile activities to disrupt the peace of the state, “he said.” Fifteeen such terrorist modules have busted in the last 18 months, with Kashmir terrorist relations being indicated in some cases, as evidenced by the arrest by Kashmiri students from Jalandhar and in the Maqsudan police station’s grenade blast case, “he said.  Union Minister Rajnath Singh said” strongest possible action “should be taken.” Speaked to the Chief Minister of Punjab … who informed me of the situation following a grenade attack in Amritsar. The strongest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime, “he tweeted.
The police have registered a case against unidentified persons under several sections of the Indian Criminal Code, the Army and Explosives Act.
The attack took place at one point when the Punjab police are on alert after learning information about the presence of seven seven Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operators in the state. Security agencies were also placed on alert after four people raped a SUV in jail, near Madhopur in Pathankot- the district a few days ago.
By the way, Secretary General Bipin Rawat was recently warned to try to revive the Punjab insurgency and said there was a need to stay awake.
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