Hours after a Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) was fired at the Punjab Police’s Intelligence headquarters in Mohali, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that those trying to disturb Punjab’s peace will not be spared. He informed that some arrests have been made and the investigation is underway. Meanwhile, the BJP hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for “experimenting” with Punjab’s peace and former CM Amarinder Singh, calling it a “brazen attack”, urged Mann to ensure quick action on the perpetrators.
Following a meeting with DGP VK Bhawra and other officials, CM Mann Tuesday said, “We are getting to the roots. Some people have been arrested and some more will be arrested. There will be a lot of clarity by the evening.” He added, “This is an attempt to threaten peace in Punjab. Some anti-national elements keep at it. But the social fibre is very strong in Punjab. Such elements do not succeed… Whosoever has tried to threaten peace in Punjab will not be spared. His coming generations would remember the punishment.”
The CM also assured that the police are investigating the incident and “there will be a breakthrough soon”.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter to say that the culprits will be punished severely. “Mohali blast is a cowardly act of those who want to disturb the peace of Punjab.” He asserted that the AAP government will not allow “those people’s wishes to be fulfilled”. He added, “Peace will be maintained under all circumstances with the cooperation of all the people of Punjab and the culprits will be punished severely,” he said.
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa, on the other hand, hit out at the AAP government, saying, “Punjab Police, instead of chasing (Tajinder Pal Singh) Bagga, should focus on state’s security.” His comments came in light of the recent arrest of Bagga by Punjab police from his residence in Delhi, resulting in FIRs of kidnapping against the Punjab team. He also said that “Kejriwal shouldn’t experiment with its (Punjab’s) peace”.
Also, expressing his shock over the incident, former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said, “This brazen attack on our police force is deeply concerning and I urge CM Bhagwant Mann to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice at the earliest.”
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the incident exposed “serious security lapses” and highlighted the “deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab”. He called for a probe to punish those responsible.