Won't let 'forces of terror' destroy peace vows Amarinder after Amritsar attack

Won't let 'forces of terror' destroy peace vows Amarinder after Amritsar attack

The attack has come at a time when the Punjab police is on high alert following intelligence input on infiltration of six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists from across the International Border.

The Director General of Police Suresh Arora, who along with senior police officers rushed to the spot, said the incident appears to be a "terrorist act".

Police is now investigating the attack and analysing the CCTV footage to look for clues to identify the attackers.

Later in the day, the chief minister said they could not rule out the "possible involvement of ISI-based Khalistani or Kashmiri terror groups".

"I appeal to the people of Punjab to maintain peace in the wake of Amritsar bomb blast".

Police officials privy to the preliminary probe said their immediate target is to nab the bike-borne attackers who threw the grenades and fled.

The joint team that raided the hostel also seized two weapons, including an assault rifle and explosives, from the room of one Zahid Gulzar, a BTech (Civil) student from Rajpora in Srinagar district.

The police is also looking at the possibility of the grenade attack being the handiwork of radical Sikh organisations.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the attack has "deeply anguished" him.

Following the attack on the outskirts of Amritsar, both Punjab and the Delhi-NCR are on high alert.

"We have, however, intensified our security apparatus to ensure no untoward incidents take place in the city.", Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma said.

He said Mr. Singh has announced ₹5 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased, and free treatment for the injured.

In October, in a joint operation, the Punjab Police and the Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested three students and busted a module of the AGH in Jalandhar. "Because it is against a group, not an individual".

Expressing his anguish on the death of three persons in the grenade blast, the home minister further added on the micro-blogging site, "it is a reprehensible act of violence".

A few days ago, four persons had snatched an SUV at gunpoint near Madhopur in Pathankot district. "Till proven otherwise, prima facie we will take it as that", he said, according to PTI. On Friday, Punjab police in Gurdaspur had pasted posters of Musa. Army chief Bipin Rawat had recently warned that attempts were being made to "revive insurgency" in Punjab and had even cautioned that people needed to be careful especially during the festival season to prevent anti-national forces from succeeding in their nefarious designs.

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