Center’s help sought in Ludhiana bomb blast case: Punjab CM Channi

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

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

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said on December 24 that his government had sought the Centre’s support in resolving the case of the bomb blast that rocked the Ludhiana court building.

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

A bomb exploded in the Ludhiana District Court compound on December 23, killing one person 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 apprehension saying the explosion could have been an attempt to create “anarchy” in the poll-linked state.

Later, at a public meeting in Mullanpura 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.

In the hallway of desecration, he said the government was considering registering a murder case after a man, accused of attempted sacrilege at a gurdwara in Ludhiana, was lynched.

“We did not find any attempt at sacrilege or any supporting evidence. A person was leading the Gurdwara. This thing has escalated to murder and the investigation is ongoing,” Mr 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.

A case under Section 295 A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings) had been filed on the complaint of the director of Gurdwara, who claimed to have seen the man trying to disrespect the ‘
Nichan Sahib ‘ (religious flag).

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