Punjab Police detains11 persons, probe on
A rocket-propelled grenade hit the Intelligence Wing headquarters of Punjab Police in Mohali on Monday night, shattering windowpanes on one of the floors of the building. No one, however, was injured in the explosion. The explosion took place around 7.45 pm at the office located in sector 77 in Mohali following which an alert was sounded.
Sources in the Punjab Police revealed that 11 persons have been detained for questioning in connection with this case. This is based on the analysis of the CCTV footage. At present, they are being questioned at an unknown location by the Punjab Police and other intelligence agencies. Meanwhile, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann will shortly chair a meeting at his residence with DGP and other senior officers to seek a report on the course of action so far.
“A minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7.45 PM. No damage has been reported. Senior officers are on the spot and an investigation is being done. Forensic teams have been called,” the Mohali police said in a statement.
Mohali SP (HQ) Ravinder Pal Singh said, “It’s a minor blast. The attack happened from outside the building. It has been done with rocket-type fire. No casualty or loss happened. Our senior officers and FSL team are investigating it.”
When asked about whether it can be considered a terrorist attack, Mohali SP (HQ) Ravinder Pal Singh says,” It can’t be ignored. We are investigating it”.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in his first remark on the attack at Punjab Police’s intelligence headquarters in Mohali said cops are investigating the case and stressed that anyone trying to disturb peace in the state will not be spared.
Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is in touch with the Punjab Police, may start probing the Mohali attack case, sources said. The NIA believes that Khalistani groups are thriving in Punjab who have carried out the attack after conducting reconnaissance of the area.
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