Update: After Republic TV's report on the VVIP arrangement, the venue of Chief Minister's press briefing has been changed to Gurunanak hospital where Amarindar Singh will speak on the developments in the attack case. Furthermore, after the red carpet was rolled back, the management team placed green carpet at the attack site for the arrival of Punjab CM.
In the aftermath of the grenade attack at the Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar’s Rajasansi Village on Sunday which killed three people and left over 20 injured, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is scheduled to visit the attack site on Monday in order to address a press briefing regarding the attack. However, a controversy has broken out over the arrangements made there for his arrival -- namely red carpets and what resembles an event venue.
Republic TV highlighted several VVIP arrangements being made by the police officials since morning for the arrival of the Chief Minister for the press briefing, including the red carpet being rolled out and ‘special chairs’ being placed inside a tent.
Interestingly, as soon as Republic TV broke the news of the VVIP arrangements done for the Chief Minister and his officials, the management team at the site rolled back the red carpet and replaced it with a green carpet.
Justifying the VVIP arrangement being made and red carpet being spread over the attack site, IG Surinder Singh Parmar stated that it is because of the excessive dust at the site as to why the red carpet are laid for the Chief Minister:
"This is not red carpet. It is a part of the arrangement from the organizers. You can see the dust around in the area. You say anything," said the IG speaking to Republic TV.
Meanwhile, Punjab CM will be addressing the media at 2 PM over the developments in the Amritsar attack case that shook the country.
An NIA team also visited the spot on Monday as a part of their investigation in the matter. The Forensic team will also collect the samples from the site. Furthermore, Punjab CM also announced a reward of Rs 50 lakhs for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the Adliwal grenade blast. Information can be provided at PUNJAB police helpline - 181. The identity of the informers will be kept a secret.
Earlier on Sunday, while speaking to Republic TV, Captain Amarinder Singh stated that strong action will be taken against the culprits while confirming that the officials are looking into a terror angle.
"There might be a terror angle here. We will look into it. This is a very unfortunate incident. We will get to the bottom of this incident. This is a Nirankari Satsang which takes place in every village. They were never the target. This is the first time they have targeted the people of Nirankari satsang. They targeted Nirankari Satsang people because they knew that they don't have any security. There could be a Khalistan or ISI link. I will not be able to visit Amritsar today. DGP and Home Secretary will be there," he said.