Amritsar’s Prayer Hall at Rajasani village turned into a tragedy place when two unknown men on a motorcycle came with face covered and threw the grenade when there was a religious gathering. According to the police authorities, the grenade attack is linked to a terror attack and claimed the lives of three people including several other injured.
Suresh Arora, Punjab Director-General 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”.
The injured people are sent to a nearby hospital and bodies of the victim for the post-mortem. The incident took place when about 250 people were gathered for the usual Sunday prayers and kirtans inside the prayer hall.
According to the eyewitness, two men who were on the bike tried to threaten the devotees present outside the hall with a gun and then throw the grenade into the hall.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh condemned the grenade attack and announced Rs. 5 Lakhs for the families of the kin. He further urged the people to not to panic and remain calm.
He said, “I appeal to the people of Punjab to maintain peace in wake of Amritsar bomb blast. I urge them not to panic and to remain calm. We will not let the forces of terror destroy our hard-earned peace”.
The Army Chief Bipin Rawat said that the grenade attack was being made to “revive insurgency” in Punjab and requested people to stay calm.
The grenade attack is followed by a high alert of six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist entering into Punjab and is proceeding towards Delhi for creating terror among the people.