Two people were killed and four others were injured in an explosion in the Ludhiana court complex in Punjab on Thursday afternoon. Police said the blast took place at around 12.22 pm in a toilet located on the second floor of the district and sessions court complex in Ludhiana. After this incident, there is a high alert in the whole of Punjab. The Union Home Ministry is also on alert on the incident of explosion in the court. Sources said the home ministry has sought a report from the Punjab government on the blast in the Ludhiana district court complex.
The matter being seen related to the election
In view of the seriousness of such an incident before the assembly elections to be held next year, it has been decided to hand over the investigation of the case to the NIA. Orders have been given to increase the security of public places. Earlier, the security of religious places was increased in view of several cases of sacrilege. These incidents are also being linked to the assembly elections.
Speaking on the incident, Punjab CM Channi said, “Earlier, sacrilege attempts were made here. When even after that it was not successful in creating unrest, now such incidents are being resorted to. As elections are approaching. There is an increase in such incidents. The government is alert and we also appeal to the people to remain alert.”
Police cordoned off the area
After the blast, the police cordoned off the area and fire tenders are on the spot. A police officer said that the rescue operation is going on and an investigation has been started in the matter. Meanwhile, a high alert has been sounded across Punjab and the police have been directed to tighten security at public places.
There were only a few people on the court premises
Hearing the sound of an explosion in the area, a crowd gathered outside the court. A video from the spot showed smoke billowing out of the six-story building. There was a lawyers’ strike on Thursday and hence there were only a few people in the court premises at the time of the blast. The walls of the bathroom and window panes were also broken in the bomb blast.