Rocket-propelled grenade hits Punjab Police Intelligence wing HQ in Mohali
A rocket-propelled grenade hit the Intelligence Wing headquarters of Punjab Police in Mohali near here on Monday night, shattering windowpanes on one of the floors of the building, police said.
No one, however, was injured in the explosion, which political parties termed "disturbing" and "shocking".
The explosion took place at around 7.45 pm at the office located at sector 77 in Mohali. CM Bhagwant Mann reacting to the attack wrote, "Police is investigating the blast in Mohali. Whoever tried to spoil the atmosphere of our Punjab will not be spared."
मोहाली में हुए ब्लास्ट की जांच पुलिस कर रही है। जिसने भी हमारे पंजाब का माहौल खराब करने की कोशिश की उसे बख़्शा नहीं जाएगा।— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) May 10, 2022
The windowpanes on one of the floors of the building were shattered because of the explosion.
A minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7.45 PM. No damage has been reported. Senior officers are on the spot and an investigation is being done. Forensic teams have been called, the Mohali police said in a statement.
The police have cordoned off the area and an alert has been sounded.
A police official told reporters that there was no casualty in the incident.
A minor blast took place at the intelligence building. The investigation is going on and our senior officials are on the spot, the police official said.
The blast took place with a rocket type fire. There is no casualty, said the official.
He further said the forensic teams have also reached the spot.
He said an FIR was being lodged over the incident.
Asked if it was a terror attack, he said the investigation was going on.
A quick reaction team of the Chandigarh police was also deputed near the Intelligence office building.
Senior officials of the Punjab police have reached the spot.
Police said a search operation has been launched to nab the culprit.
The explosion came close on the heels of the recovery of an explosive device near Burail Jail in Chandigarh on April 24.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed shock over the explosion and urged Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to take strict action against those who were behind this incident.
Shocked to hear about the blast at the @PunjabPoliceInd Intelligence headquarter 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, said Singh in a tweet.
Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring said, Disturbing news of a blast at the @PunjabPoliceInd intelligence bureau building in Mohali. Praying for everyone's safety and well-being.
Former Punjab Home Minister and Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa dubbed the explosion as a sign of deep communalism .
The bomb blast in Mohali is a sign of deep communalism. I strongly condemn this incident and urge the @PunjabPoliceInd to investigate and take stern action against those who are intent on disturbing the peace of Punjab, said Randhawa who is also a legislator from Dera Baba Nanak.
The bomb blast in Mohali is a sign of deep communalism. I strongly condemn this incident and urge the @PunjabGovtIndia to investigate and take stern action against those who are intent on disturbing the peace of Punjab.— Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (@Sukhjinder_INC) May 9, 2022
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said he was deeply shocked at the blast.
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, said Badal in a tweet.
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
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said the perpetrators of the crime will not be spared.
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, said Kang in a tweet.
Blast in Mohali is unfortunate however the situation is under control,matter is being investigated,The perpetrators of the Crime will not be spared,no body will be allowed to fiddle with hard earned peace and harmony .An uneasiness of anti Punjab forces is understandable.— Malvinder Singh Kang (@KangMalvinder) May 10, 2022