Chandigarh: The Punjab police on Tuesday zeroed in on the Pakistan-based gangster-turned Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda’s role in the Monday night blast at the state intelligence headquarters in Mohali that had sent the state on high alert.
Stating that the preliminary probe suggested the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack was carried out by two persons who were in a white car, at the behest of Rinda, police said at least 20 persons had been detained in connection with the case so far.
No one was injured in the blast in room number 41 of the third floor of the intelligence HQ, sector 77, Mohali while, the police said that the RPG attack in which reportedly trinitrotoluene, a highly explosive and widely-used munition was used for explosion.
Meanwhile, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann chaired a meeting of top police officials and directed the director general of police DGP V K Bhawra to get to the bottom of the case. The top police officials said that they had got some clues and would soon crack the case.
According to the initial probe, the two miscreants who came in a white car to launch the grenade attack on the intelligence HQ had fled toward Haryana. This input was on the basis of a police personnel’s observation who was at the HQ and who had seen the car parked about 100 meters away from the building but did not see it after the blast.
It may be recalled that there had been security agencies’ alerts about the money being pushed by Rinda to gangsters in his links to carry out terror activities in Punjab.
Rinda has been active in anti-India operations with a focus on Khalistan, according to the intel reports. It may be recalled that the Haryana and Punjab police in coordination with the central agencies had on May 5 nabbed four terror suspects having links with Rinda and recovered three improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one Pakistan-made pistol, 31 live cartridges and Rs 1.30 lakh cash. Later on May 8, the Punjab police also nabbed two persons having criminal backgrounds and recovered an IED packed with about 1.5 kg of RDX.
Security concerns in the border state – Punjab shares borders with Pakistan - have often been raised and the latest incident sparked strong reactions from the opposition.
Also, the blast has once again brought under the focus the dire need to strengthening security around important locations, better CCTV coverage and intensive checking around the same.
Meanwhile, the explosion has also evoked a scathing offensive against the new chief minister Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from all the opposition parties – Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP.