Shiv Sena activists stage protest in Amritsar

November 14th, 2007 - 2:17 am ICT by admin  
Holding placards in their hands, the activists shouted slogans against the Babar Khalsa and terrorism. The effigy was burnt at Amritsar’s Putlighar Chowk.

Baldev Bhardwaj, vice president of the Shiv Sena ( Bal Thackeray group), said certain elements wanted to disturb the peace in Punjab. He warned the Babar Khalsa to desist from such attempts in the future. He also claimed that Pakistan was behind the Ludhiana blast and urged the government to give befitting reply.

Meanwhile, Ludhiana Range DIG Ishwar Singh told reporters in Ludhiana that the ‘’single” blast was caused by a bomb and it was a terrorist attack, though no outfit had claimed responsibility.

He added that the bomb, which had claimed the lives of six people and injured 32 people, was planted between the second and third seat in the third row of the second block in the cinema hall.

Maximum damage was done to the ”lower class” area of the hall, which is usually frequented by migrant labourers.

The Centre has also got in touch with the Punjab Government seeking details about the explosion.

Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, after talking to Punjab Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, apprised Home Minister Shivraj Patil about the situation.

Punjab has been placed on a state of high alert after the bomb blasts in Ajmer and Ludhiana.

Strongly condemning the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that fundamental and anti-national forces inimical to peace and communal harmony will not be allowed to succeed in their nefarious designs.

Badal said that law and order in the state will be maintained at all costs and appealed to people to remain calm. (ANI)

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