Punjab on High alert after RPG Blast at state intelligence HQ


Punjab was on high alert after a bomb blast occurred at the state police intelligence headquarters in Mohali, on night. According to initial reports, panic gripped the area after an explosion occurred at the Punjab police intelligence HQ located in sector 77, near Sohana eye hospital, around 7:45 pm, although no damage was reported. Stating that forensic teams had reached the spot, police that it initially appeared that a rocket propelled grenade hit the building though  there was no report of major damage or injury to anyone so far. However, the entire area had been cordoned off and an alert sounded in the state, the police said. A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) is a shoulder-fired, anti-tank weapon system that fires rockets equipped with an explosive warhead. Officers on the site said the weapon was ‘made in China’ as per the lot number written . Also, there were reports that the minor explosion that occurred on the third floor of state police intelligence HQ and shattered windows and damaged some property. Stating that the blast did not appear to be a terror attack, sources in police said that it could be caused by explosives kept in the office. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has sought a detailed report from the police on the incident. However, according to initial media reports, the Punjab DGP V K Bhawra had earlier said that an object was fired from a distance at the intelligence office and it had hit an office table. Meanwhile, reacting on the incident, the former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh said in his Tweet that he was shocked to hear about the blast and thankfully nobody was hurt. Saying that the brazen attack on police force was deeply concerning, he added that he urged CM to ensure perpetrators were brought to justice at the earliest.