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One killed in bomb blast in Ludhiana court complex, Punjab on alert

Ludhiana, Dec 23 (MNN) At least one person was killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in Ludhiana court complex on Thursday afternoon.

The blast occurred in the men’s toilet on the second floor of the district courts complex. All five injured are out of danger, the Punjab government said in the evening.

Police and an NIA team collected samples to carry out investigations. The Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a report on the crime. The Punjab government said in the evening that Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had ordered a high-level probe to crack the case.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya inspected the blast site a few hours after the incident and met the injured patients.

Randhawa, who also holds the home portfolio, said that the northern state has been put on high alert.

“Special teams have been deployed to probe the matter. I went and met the injured in the hospital. Peace and harmony of our Punjab should never be disrupted,” he said.

Those injured are Sandeep Kaur (31) of Raikot in Ludhiana district, Sharanjit Kaur (25) of Jamalpur in Ludhiana district, both admitted in the Civil Hospital here.
Manish Kumar (32) of Police Colony in Jamalpur is admitted in Christian Medical College Hospital while Kuldeep Singh Mand (50) of Bindraban Road here is admitted in DMC as also Krishan Khanna (75) of Phase 1, Dugri.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi termed the incident the “most shocking and dastardly act”. He said that forces inimical to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state will never succeed in their nefarious designs with the sole motive to destabilise Punjab.

Speaking to the media, Channi said that intelligence agencies and Punjab Police are working on all theories and will soon crack this case.

He earlier said that he had cut short a meeting and visited the injured admitted in three hospitals in the city, asserting that those behind the crime will not be allowed to go scot-free. He announced free treatment to the injured.

“Visited the #LudhianaBlast site and met injured patients in all 3 hospitals with Dy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Have announced free treatment for all injured persons in the blast. I reiterate that we would not let any person disturb the hard earned peace and communal harmony of the state,” he tweeted in the evening.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the blast is “extremely condemnable”.
“My condolences to the families of those who’ve lost their lives and prayers of quick recovery for the injured. Strict action must be taken at the earliest against those guilty.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the blast and said that it had come after the sacrilege reported from the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

He said that a few people wished to vitiate the peace in Punjab, but the three crore residents of the state will not let such conspiracies succeed.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said that it was time to stick together. He also condoled the deaths and wished for speedy recovery of the injured.

AAP leader Raghav Chadha said that he was deeply saddened by the news of a blast at Ludhiana courts complex. “Incidents of sacrilege and now a bomb blast indicates to a deep-rooted conspiracy to disturb poll bound Punjab. Also complete failure of state’s law and order under Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Praying for peace and harmony of Punjab,” he said.

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