A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) was fired at the Intelligence Wing headquarters of Punjab Police in Mohali on Monday, triggering a blast that shattered windows. Though there were no casualties, the attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters could be a part of a bigger conspiracy against the Frontier State which shares approximately 553 km of international borders with Pakistan.
The recovery of explosives besides the arms, ammunition and the narcotics from the State’s border villages hint at the involvement of the terror groups based in Pakistan.
In fact, Monday’s attack was not an isolated incident. Some of the recent recoveries are increasingly hinting towards a larger terror conspiracy.
Here’s a look at some of the recoveries in the past 5 months:
May 9: Unidentified persons attack Punjab Intelligence Bureau headquarters with RPG
May 8: 2.5 kg RDX and one IED recovered from a Tarn Taran village
May 5: Four BKI operatives carrying 7.5 kg RDX were held by Karnal police
April 23: A tiffin bomb made with 1.5 kg RDX recovered from Chandigarh Budhal
January 21: Two hand grenades and 4 kg RDX recovered from Gurdaspur
POLICE ZERO IN ON KHALISTANI TERRORIST
The police are probing Pakistan’s role in the blast at the headquarters of the Punjab Intelligence Department. The RPG used in the attack was reportedly made in Pakistan.
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The Punjab Police has zeroed in on the Pakistan-based gangster-turned Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda’s role in the blast. As per the initial probe, a man with alleged links to Rinda was in the vicinity of the headquarters when the blast took place on Monday.
Meanwhile, a day after the blast at Punjab Police’s Intelligence Wing HQ, an audio message, purportedly of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the general counsel of the banned Sikh for Justice (SFJ), did the rounds. In the audio recording, Gurpatwant Pannun is heard sending out a warning to Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur that the attack in Mohali could as well have been on the Shimla Police headquarters.
“Learn from the Mohali police headquarter grenade attack. This grenade attack could have been at Shimla police headquarters,” Pannun is heard saying.
SECOND ATTACK IN FORTNIGHT
Mohali attack is the second terror plot which came to light within a fortnight. On April 23 an IED was planted outside Chandigarh’s Burail jail.
While the police are still clueless about the persons responsible for planting IEDs near the jail, Punjab Director General of Police Viresh Kumar Bhawra is skeptical about the environment of Khalistan groups.
“The Investigation is currently on. We will inform you as and when it is over. This is a challenge and we will solve it,” Bhawra said. He refused to comment on the role of Khalistan groups behind the attack.
POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO MOHALI BLAST
This is the first time when a projectile was used to attack a state police office. Experts say that to fire a rocket, one requires training.
However, the investigation revealed that the RPG might have been fired from a moving vehicle, which is why it likely missed the target and hit the wall.
“You know a projectile has hit. The explosives used could be TNT. The incident took place when there was nobody in the room. It failed to cause a loss as it impacted the wall,” the DGP said.
Police suspect that the RPG might have reached from Jammu and Kashmir side or could have been air-dropped at any of the state’s border villages.
Initial investigations show that the persons responsible for the attack came in a white car, fired the RPG from the heavily guarded front side and fled.
Sources say that Mohali Police has rounded up a number of suspects and are interrogating them. The police were also scanning footage from the nearby CCTV cameras.