Amritsar Attack Updates: 3 dead, 20 injured; NIA team reaches blast site

Three killed in blast in India's Amritsar

Following the Amritsar terror attack, police have sealed all the borders of Noida.

Singh also said the possibility of the involvement of "Khalistanis" (Sikh separatists) or Kashmiri groups backed by Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could not be ruled out.

He appealed to people of Punjab to maintain 'to maintain peace in wake of Amritsar bomb blast.' He said, "I urge them not to panic and to remain calm".

Police officer Dinesh Singh says the two masked men threw the grenade at a prayer hall.

On the directions of the Chief Minister, security has been strengthened at all Nirankari Bhawans in the State, the spokesman said.

"A grenade was lobbed and three people have died in the incident while 10 have been injured in the incident, two of them critically", Inspector General of Police S S Parmar, who visited the incident spot, told reporters.

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The attack reminded Punjab of the longstanding and bitter rivalry between the Nirankaris and radical Sikhs and how clashes between them 40 years back became the starting point of the violent Sikh insurgency.

The attack has come at a time when the Punjab police is on high alert following intelligence input on infiltration of six to seven Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists from across the International Border. "Have asked district administration to extend all help", Singh tweeted. Punjab police suspects Pakistan's JeM as also radical Sikh groups. There is no reason to throw a hand grenade on a group of people, so we will take it as a terrorist act. Because it is against a group (of people) and it is not against any individual. "Till proven otherwise, prima facie we will take it as that", he said, according to PTI.

The blast occurred at a congregation of the Nirankari, a spiritual organisation, in Adliwal village of Amritsar, said deputy commissioner, Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, adding that three people were killed and several injured.

Punjab Congress chief, Sunil Jakhar was quoted as saying by the news agency, "My condolences are with families of those who lost lives in this incident".

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh condemns Amritsar Attack, announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of deceased and free treatment for the injured. Union Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh, too, said he was "deeply anguished by the death of innocent people" in Amritsar, and that "strongest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime".

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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