Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said on Tuesday that police are investigating an explosion at the Intelligence Wing headquarters of the Punjab Police in Mohali and that anyone attempting to disrupt peace in the state will face severe consequences.
According to official sources, Bhagwant Mann has called a meeting of senior police officials, including the Director-General of Police, at his residence and has also requested a report on the incident.
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“The Punjab Police is investigating the explosion in Mohali. Anybody who tries to spoil the atmosphere in Punjab will not be spared,” said Mann in a tweet in Punjabi.
Mann’s statement comes a day after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the third floor of the heavily guarded building in Mohali’s sector 77 on Monday night, prompting an alert.
Because the office houses the state counterintelligence wing, a special task force, and other units, the incident is being viewed as a major intelligence failure.
However, no one was hurt in the explosion, which political parties described as “disturbing” and “shocking.” Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha called the incident a cowardly act and promised that those responsible would face the harshest punishment possible.
“Explosion in Mohali is an act of cowardice by those powers who want to disrupt the hard-earned peace of the state. Punjab government will not spare those involved and the strongest possible action will be taken,” tweeted Chadha, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab.
Sandeep Pathak, another AAP MP, called the attack despicable on Twitter, “Attack at Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali is despicable. I strongly condemn this vicious attack. The incident is being investigated by police, and not a single culprit should be spared.”
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The perpetrators of the crime will not be spared, according to AAP chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang on Twitter, “Blast in Mohali is unfortunate however the situation is under control, matter is being investigated, the perpetrators of the crime will not be spared, nobody will be allowed to fiddle with hard earned peace and harmony. An uneasiness of anti-Punjab forces is understandable.”