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. I have reported 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 fiber 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 of him would remember the punishment.
The CM also assured that the police are investigating the incident and “there will be a breakthrough soon”.
मोहाली में हुए ब्लास्ट की जांच पुलिस कर रही है। She जिसने हमारे पंजाब का माहौल खराब करने कोशिश की उसे बख़्शा नहीं जाएगा।।
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) May 10, 2022
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.
मोहाली ब्लास्ट लोगों की कायराना हरकत है जो की शांति भंग करना चाहते हैं। आम आदमी की पंजाब सरकार उन लोगों के पूरे नहीं होने देगी। पंजाब के लोगों के साथ मिलके हर हालत शांति क़ायम रखी जाएगी और को कड़ी से कड़ी सज़ा दिलवाई जाएगी। https://t.co/h6x3I5iSe4
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 10, 2022
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 from him 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”.
tragic news! Just a week after Patiala’s clash; now a blast outside Intelligence Bureau, Mohali
Punjab Police instead of chasing Bagga should focus on state’s security. Punjab is a border state & Kejriwal shouldn’t experiment with its peace
Waheguru Punjab te Mehar Karan 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/x3Y4MF8aGd
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) May 9, 2022
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.”
Shocked to hear about the blast at the @PunjabPoliceInd Intelligence headquarters in Mohali. Thankfully nobody was hurt.
This brazen attack on our police force is deeply concerning and I urge CM @BhagwantMann to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice at the earliest.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 9, 2022
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.
Deeply shocked at the blast at Punjab Police’s Intelligence Bureau HQs, Mohali, exposing serious security lapses and highlighting once again the deteriorating law & order situation in Punjab. Thorough probe required to expose & punish those responsible. pic.twitter.com/UlanC6w74N
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) May 9, 2022