The Punjab police has arrested one of the two accused, who allegedly blasted the Sant Nirankari Dera in Amritsar, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a press conference on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Bikramjit Singh aka Harmeet Singh ‘PhD’, a Pakistan-based Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) leader. The KLF leader is accused of trying to revive militancy in Punjab by radicalising the state’s youths through social media.
"I'm happy to announce that police nabbed one of the two people involved. 26-year-old Bikramjit Singh has been arrested. The other man will also be arrested soon. His name is Avtar Singh," Amarinder was quoted as saying.
Confirming the ISI role in the Amritsar attack, Singh further said there was no communal angle in the blast, adding that "It was a clear case of terrorism. The people attacked were a soft target. Don't try to politicise the incident. Every agency at national and state level is cooperating".
"Pak ISI has been very active and we have to be on guard. We will not allow these activities to continue in Punjab. We will be one step ahead of ISI," the chief minister added.
Talking about the type of grenade in Amritsar blast, Singh said, "This is the one being used against forces in Kashmir and this is the one that burst. This one is made under license by Pakistan licensed factory and is filled with pellets".
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[Live] Addressing Press Conference at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh. https://t.co/vWTp2LF9DB— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 21, 2018
My congratulations to DGP @PunjabPoliceInd Suresh Arora and his team for solving the Adliwal grenade blast case within 72 hours. My govt will not allow the evil designs of Pak’s ISI to foment communal disturbance in Punjab by engineering such terror attacks.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 21, 2018
At least three people were killed, and 20 others sustained serious injuries after two suspected terrorists hurled hand grenades at a Nirankari Bhawan congregation in Amritsar's Rajasansi village on Sunday, November 18, 2018. The grenade attack in Amritsar had striking similarities with the ISI-backed terror module in Patiala, which was busted by the Punjab Police earlier this month.