CHANDIGARH: Alert has been sounded after a grenade blast by unidentified motorcyclists occurred at the Indian Army’s Triveni Gate near Pathankot’s Dheerapul at 9 pm on Sunday. No injuries have been reported so far.
According to SSP, Pathankot, Surendra Lamba, some unidentified motorcyclists lobbed the grenade outside the Triveni gate of the cantonment and fled the spot. The police are trying to verify details from the CCTV footage obtained from the scene. Also Read & Watch: TRIPURA EXPOSE: Govt Land Claimed As Mosque, Witnesses Say Never Saw Namazis; 21-Day Delayed Plaint Punches Holes In Arson Theory
“As of now we cannot comment much on whether the attackers were locals or outsiders (from across the border). The Police and the forensic teams have collected the evidence from the site. We are investigating all angles, including the terror angle,” said Gulneet Singh Khurana, AIG (Counter Intelligence, Ferozepur).
“No arrests have been made so far as we are still in the process of collecting evidence. Action will be taken on the basis of the evidence,” Khurana added. The local police officials have recovered parts of the grenade from the blast site. Security has been beefed up at all the points and the police are verifying details of those entering the city.
In January 2016, the Indian Air Force’s Pathankot Air Force base was attacked by heavily armed terrorists. Two security forces personnel had died in the initial fight and another succumbed to injuries hours later in the incident.
It is worth mentioning here that earlier, on August 8, this year the Amritsar Rural police had recovered five hand grenades along with a tiffin bomb from village Daleke in Lopoke.
Similarly, Kapurthala Police had also recovered a similar consignment consisting of two live hand grenades, one live tiffin bomb and other explosive material from Phagwara on August 20, this year while, the third tiffin bomb was used to blow off an Oil Tanker in Ajnala on August 8.
The fourth tiffin bomb was recovered from fields in village Dharmpura of Fazilka on September 18.
Security beefed up in Himachal after Pathankot grenade blast
Following the grenade blasts on an army camp in Pathankot at Triveni Gate, late on Sunday night, Himachal Pradesh too has been put on high alert. Areas bordering Himachal and Punjab have been sealed. Kangra, Tunnuhati in Chamba district and Dalhousie have been placed on high police alert particularly so as huge parts of Kangra and Chamba districts border Pathankot with Kangra in close proximity.
The Kangra police chief Khushal Sharma informed that Kangra has been on a high alert for the past week or so. However, additional forces have been deployed in the area after the attack. No vehicle entering Himachal is being permitted without undergoing a thorough search.