Every Sunday, hundreds of devotees gather at the hall in Adhiwala village for prayers and kirtan. About 250 people were inside the hall when the attack took place. Two masked men brandishing a pistol forced their way into a weekly congregation of the Nirankari sect and lobbed a grenade into the prayer hall, killing three people + and injuring 20 near Amritsar on Sunday afternoon.
The incident took place inside the Nirankari Bhavan’s prayer hall at Adliwal village near Amritsar’s Rajasansi, police said. A congregation of the Nirankari followers was being held inside at the time.
The Sant Nirankari Mission is a spiritual organization and the Bhavan here is located close to the international airport and Indo-Pak border.
The grenade was lobbed by one of the two people who had their faces covered. One person pointed a gun at the volunteers manning the gate, while the other one hurled the bomb after which they escaped, police and eyewitnesses said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised the strongest possible action for this reprehensible act of violence. The possibility of involvement of ISI-backed Khalistani/Kashmiri terror groups can’t be ruled out, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said and promised that the state won’t let the “forces of terror” destroy the hard-earned peace.
He has announced Rs. 5 lakh for the victims of the Amritsar blast and free treatment for the injured. 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 an SUV from its driver at gunpoint near Madhopur in Pathankot district last week.
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