3 dead in grenade attack at prayer hall in Amritsar

At least three people were killed and 10 injured in a grenade attack on a religious congregation in an Amritsar village, today. The grenade was lobbed by bike-borne persons at Nirankari Bhawan in Adliwal village near Amritsar’s Rajasansi.

A religious congregation of ‘Nirankaris’ was being held at when it came under attack. IG (Border) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar said the injured have been admitted to a hospital. Three persons were killed in the incident, the official said.

“Out of 250 people who were present in the religious congregation, 3 dead and 15-20 injured. As per initial reports, 2 people had come over here who knocked a grenade here,” Singh, who visited the incident spot, said.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh strongly condemning the incident, suspected ISI terrorists plot behind this blast. He announced Rs 5 lakh each as ex-gratia to the kin of those dead. He also promised free treatment for the injured.

Punjab Congress president, Sunil Jakhar expressed condolences to the families of those who died. “My condolences are with families of those who lost lives in this incident. It is an attempt to disturb peace in Punjab. I believe all the security agencies should stay alert and coordinate with each other to maintain peace,” he said.

Punjab was on alert following an input claiming that a group of six to seven JeM terrorists were reportedly in the state, possibly in Ferozepur area. The state was put on alert after four persons snatched a SUV from its driver at gunpoint near Madhopur in Pathankot district last week.

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