The horrifying scene at the Amritsar Nirankari Bhawan after the grenade attack left many astonished as the news flash on the TV screen of 3 killed and 19 injured in the attack on Sunday. The incident has reportedly taken place in the afternoon of November 18 when two masked men forced their entry to the weekly congregation of Nirankaris, reached the prayer hall, planted the granade and escaped from the spot on a motorcycle. “I was standing at the gate and a group of sangat arrived on a Gharuka (improvised vehicle also known as Peter Rehra in Punjab) and went inside. Just then, two motorcycle-borne youths, whose faces were covered, came to the gate. One of them asked me about the function and the other one pointed a pistol at me and took me inside the compound,” an eyewitness Gagandeep Singh present at the gate told TOI.
The attack is apprehended to have been executed by ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri Terror Groups. As per sources, the Intelligence agencies have been warning and anticipating revival of terror groups’ ‘K2’ which is called Kashmir & Khalistani, against India. The Chief Minister Amarinder Singh spoke on the attack and said that this is one of the first in the long time that the peace in the state has been disturbed by indiscriminate killings through such terrorist attack. He also said that teams of police have rushed to raid the hideouts of the suspected assailants and that investigation is on to identify the culprits.
The Nirankari devotees had gathered at Rajasansi Branch of Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar’s Adliwal village where the grenade attack was executed. The devotees at the spot tried to catch-hold of the attackers but the attackers were able to escape successfully. The attack has made the whole nation shock and only investigation will reveal the details of the attack. The grenade attack was so intense that it left 3-inch crater where the grenade blasted. The forensic team has recovered the safety pin found in the grenade from the spot which confirms the attack to have been executed using grenade.
The Nirankaris are said to be the target of the hardliners and are considered heretics by Orthodox Sikhs. The chief of Nirankari, Gurbachan Singh, was assassinated on April 24, 1980 when he was returning from a public function. The same era is said to have led the Khalistan Movement.
(With Inputs from TOI & ANI)