Jalandhar blast: Pro-Khalistan group claims responsibility for explosions

The email to mediapersons allegedly contained a snapshot of a handwritten note in Punjabi by one Dilbagh Singh on the letterhead of “Bhidhranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan”.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Updated: September 16, 2018 10:59:14 am
Jalandhar blast: Pro-Khalistan group claims responsibility for explosions Forensic experts at the explosion site in Jalandhar Saturday. (Express)

A day after four “low-intensity” blasts at Maqsudan police station in the city, the police were yet to get leads on the suspects even as some mediapersons Saturday received an email message, purportedly from “Bhidhranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan”, owning responsibility for the explosions.

Meanwhile, forensic and National Security Guard (NSG) teams reached Jalandhar Saturday and started their investigation. Though the forensic team reached the city around 9 am, the probe only started in the evening when the NSG team reached at 5 pm.

Jalandhar Police Commissioner P K Sinha and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Navjot Singh Mahal remained on the spot during the day. They visited several people in the area, including shopkeepers who have CCTV cameras installed. The police station, which has been functioning out of a health department property, does not have a CCTV camera of its own.

The email to mediapersons contained a snapshot of a handwritten note in Punjabi by one Dilbagh Singh on the letterhead of “Bhidhranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan”. It claimed responsibility for the blasts at Maqsudan police station in Jalandhar, at Nawanshahr SSP office and at Daria Police Station in Chandigarh. It claimed that due to humiliation, the police hushed up the incidents at Nawanshahr and Chandigarh. The letter further says, “Those who commit atrocities on Sikhs will be given sleepless nights and we will not give any warning but only take action. The cops who love their lives should stop committing atrocities on Sikhs and work to serve the people. Otherwise, they should get ready to be eliminated… Khalistan Zindabad.”

Asked about the message, Jalandahr Rural SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the letter did not seem authentic because of the language used in it as well as the mention about two incidents in Nawanshahr and Chandigarh which never occurred. “Such letter pad was never used by Bhindranwala Tigres Force outfit,” said the SSP.

Meanwhile, the people in the vicinity of Maqsudan police station said blasts could be heard up to a kilometre. Rohit Kumar, as vegetable vendor at Maqsudan Sabji Mandi, he heard a loud noise.

After the blasts on Friday evening, Jalandhar Police Commissioner P K Sinha had said these were “low-intensity” explosions. Punjab DGP Suresh Arora is still in the city where he is attending a function on Sunday.

Mediapersons were not allowed to visit inside the police station on Saturday too.

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