Center aid sought in Ludhiana bomb blast case, says CM Charanjit Channi : The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Chandigarh, December 24

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said on Friday that his government had sought the Centre’s support in resolving the case of the bomb blast that rocked the Ludhiana courthouse.

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Channi said he spoke to Union Home Secretary Amit Shah hours after the explosion and the Center sent teams to Punjab to investigate the matter.

A bomb exploded at the Ludhiana District Court complex on Thursday, killing one man and injuring six others, prompting the Punjab government to declare a high alert in the state.

Police suspect the man killed in the second-floor toilet blast was trying to assemble or place the explosive device.

The Chief Minister denied the intelligence failure saying: “There is no such thing. We are on alert.

On Thursday, the chief minister had expressed fear, saying the explosion could have been an attempt to create “lawlessness” in the poll-linked state.

Later, at a public meeting in Mullanpur Dakha of Ludhiana, he sought to draw a parallel between the filing of an FIR against the leader of Shiromani Akali Dal, Bikram Singh Majithia, the explosion and the alleged sacrilegious offers of recent days.

On the side of desecration, he said the government was considering registering a murder case after a man, accused of attempted sacrilege in a gurdwara in Kapurthala, was lynched.

“We didn’t find any attempted sacrilege or any supporting evidence. A person was leading the gurdwara. This thing has escalated to murder and an investigation is ongoing,” Channi said.

“The FIR (already registered in the case) will be amended,” he said.

About 30 wounds, mostly sharp cuts likely to have been inflicted by swords, were found on the man’s body, according to the autopsy report.

The lynching took place on Sunday, a day after a similar incident took place at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, where a man was killed for an alleged desecration attempt. With PTI

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