Three people were killed and several injuredin a grenade attack at a prayer hall in Amritsar’s Rajasansi village today, the police said. Eyewitnesses say that two men on a motorcycle, their faces covered, threw a grenade at the Nirankari Bhawan, where a religious ceremony was on at the time, and fled.
The attack took place amid a high alert that six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists had entered the state and were “planning to move towards Delhi”. While the police are analysing the CCTV footage and looking for clues to identify the attackers, they don’t rule out a terror angle
The incident happened just eight kilometres from the Amritsar airport. Surinder Pal Singh Parmar, a senior officer, said the 15 injured have been taken to the hospital and the bodies of the victims sent for post-mortem.
Every Sunday, hundreds of devotees gather here for prayers and kirtan. About 250 people were inside the hall when the attack took place. The two men also threatened devotees with a gun before flinging the explosive.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised strongest possible action for this reprehensible act of violence. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced Rs. 5 lakh for the victims of the Amritsar blast and free treatment for the injured.