A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the Punjab Police Intelligence Wing HQ in Mohali on Monday, triggering a security alert in the border state. Here’s what you need to know about the attack:
A minor explosion occurred at the Punjab Police Intelligence Bureau on Monday evening. (Photo: India Today)
A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the Punjab Police Intelligence Wing headquarters in Mohali on Monday, triggering an explosion that shattered windows. No one, however, was injured in the attack.
In a statement following the incident, Mohali Police said: “A minor explosion was reported to Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7:45 p.m. has been reported. Senior officers are on scene and an investigation is ongoing. Forensic teams were called.
The explosion has once again triggered a security alert in the border state, which is experiencing greater influx of explosives, weapons and drugs across the border by drone.
Here are the latest developments around the RPG attack in Mohali:
- Sources told India Today that two suspects arrived in a white Swift Desire car and launched the RPG about 80 yards from the intelligence office building.
- Investigating the case, police discovered a dump of nearly 7,000 cell phones from three cell phone towers near the site of the explosion.
Punjab was put on high alert after an RPG exploded in the Mohali Intelligence Bureau building. The culprits of the attack have not yet been identified. Manjeet Sehgal says more in this report.#ReporterDiary #Mohali (@Manjeet_sehgal) pic.twitter.com/LZFqaVci1w
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- Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has called a meeting with the Director General of Police (DGP) and other senior officers at his residence at 10am today to demand a report on the investigation till here.
- Earlier today, Mann took to Twitter and promised severe action against the culprits. “The police are investigating the explosion in Mohali. Those who tried to vitiate the atmosphere in our Punjab will not be spared,” he tweeted.
- An FIR has been filed under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (attempted murder), Section 16 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act against strangers. A search operation has been launched to find the culprits, police said.
- the The National Investigation Agency (NIA) sent a team to the Punjab Police Intelligence Wing HQ on Monday evening to investigate the matter. The elite counter-terrorism unit will send another team to the intelligence office today.
- Former Punjab Home Minister and Congressman Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa condemned the blast and said the incident was a “sign of deep communalism”.
- Calling for a rigorous investigation, Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said the attack revealed “serious security shortcomings” and highlighted the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab.