Pertaining to the bomb blast in Amritsar on Sunday morning, the security in Punjab has been beefed up, and the entire State is under high alert at the moment.
Seeking the security reasons, no cabs or cars are being allowed at the Amritsar airport. Vehicles are being stopped 500 meters ahead and passengers are told to walk to distance after passing through a security scan.
Two masked men on bikes reportedly came outside the Nariankari Dera, opened fire and hurdled a grenade bomb at the congregation.
The blast caused three casualties and injured around 20 others. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, while speaking to Republic TV, gave further insights of the incident, hinting terror linkages to the attack in the Nirankari Bhawan.
"There was a congregation this morning in the Rajsansa village in Amritsar and somebody threw a grenade into it. Three people have died, one seriously injured and about 15-16 more have been injured. They are being treated at the hospital. The police is on high alert. We will get a full report in a short while. This is obviously a mischief of somebody and we will get to the bottom of it," said the Punjab CM.
Speaking on question of the lapse of security at the Nirankari Bhawan, he said:
"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 objective is to spread terror in the area and nothing else. The organization that does it is ISI, nobody else does it. They operate from outside through the Sikhs for justice and other people like that. There could be a Khalistan or ISI link. We will get to the bottom of it. We were always on alert. We have so many incidents over the past years. All have been connected to the ISI. You will see this will also have connection the ISI."
Stating that he will not be able visit Amritsar on Sunday, he said that the DGP and the Home Secretary will visit the attack site and take cognizance of the matter.
Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to kin of each of the dead and free treatment to all the injured in the blast.