Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh blamed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and the Pakistan-based masterminds of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) for the terror attack in his state, last Sunday. The Punjab Police has arrested one person in connection with Sunday’s grenade attack on the Nirankari Satsang Bhawan that killed three persons,.
The second person involved in the attack, identified as Avtar Singh, is still absconding. It was Avtar who threw the grenade at the Nirankari prayer meeting, leaving three people dead and 15 others injured. Bikramjit had stood at the gate of the Nirankari bhawan premises, holding the gate attendants at gun-point.
The Chief Minister said the grenade used in the blast was Pakistan made, and added that the motorcycle used in the crime has also been recovered.He confirmed that it was a “terror incident” and there was no religious link to it.
“Bikram, a KLF operative, has given significant information indicating that the grenade was provided to the assailants by one Happy in Pakistan,” he added.
“Happy is suspected to be the Pakistan-based KLF chief…Harmeet Singh Happy @ Ph.D, who had earlier masterminded the conspiracy to carry out targeted killings of RSS/ Shiv Sena/ DSS leaders and workers (and a Christian Pastor) in Ludhiana and Jalandhar in 2016-2017, in active collaboration with Pakistani establishment and the ISI,” he added.
The Chief Minister categorically ruled out any religious motivation behind the attack and described Sunday’s attack on Nirankari Bhawan as “yet another attempt by Pakistan’s ISI and the Pakistan establishment to carry out terrorist actions in Punjab to disturb the peace in the state”.