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Ludhiana court blast: FIR filed, Amit Shah briefed; Punjab on high alert

An FIR was reported on Thursday against an unknown person who is linked with a blast that happened at the Ludhiana court complex. The blast killed at least one person and injured 5 others. The Punjab government has announced a high alert in the state.

According to various reports, Union home minister Amit Shah was briefed about what happened by secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla along with other officials from Punjab. ANI reports said that the ministry of home affairs has also sought a report from Punjab on the explosion. The MHA has asked the state for a report as soon as possible. They also asked them to inform about the latest findings of the incident that possibly caused the explosion.

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The explosion happened on the 2nd floor of the building that has 8 eight courtrooms. A National Security Guard team was called in connection with the blast, the police said. The police suspect that the one person who was killed in the blast was trying to set off the explosive device or could be a suicide bomber.

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On the other hand, Punjab CM Chanrajit Singh Channi said that those ‘trying to disturb the peace and harmony of state’ will not be spared.

He previously said that some ‘anti-nationals’ were committing these acts ahead of the Assembly election that is going to happen early next year. He then accompanied Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu to meet the injured individuals. Later he summoned a meeting in Chandigarh.

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The blast happened days after the mob-lynching at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Over the past few months, there have also been reports of drones hovering around the Pakistan border. The authorities suspect that the drones could have dropped ammunition and explosives.

CM Channi expressed his fear that efforts were taken to spread anarchy in the state before the assembly polls, he said to the reporters, “Our police is capable of maintaining law and order. But which agencies which are trying to disturb Punjab’s peace will become clear as investigations are on,”.

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Now, Section 144 is imposed in Ludhiana by the Punjab administration as the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) sought a detailed report from the state.

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