1 Dead In Ludhiana Court Complex Blast, Centre Seeks Report:

Ludhiana Court Blast: In a Twitter post, Mr Singh asked Punjab police to investigate the matter thoroughly.

Ludhiana: A man was killed and five seriously injured in a blast inside a court complex in Ludhiana in Punjab this afternoon. Chief Minister Charanjit Channi said that the blast was carried to disrupt law and order in the city ahead of assembly polls.

Here are the top 10 updates on Ludhiana Court Blast:

  1. The blast reportedly took place at 12:22 pm inside a bathroom on the second floor of the building. The explosion damaged the walls of the bathroom and ripped through a section of the building, besides shattering glass in nearby rooms. The district court was crowded and functioning when the explosion took place.
  2. In visuals, injured people were carried out of the building and police were trying to remove people from the complex. Two of the injured people are women and three men.
  3. Ludhiana’s police chief Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said one body has been recovered. “Probably that person was either carrying explosive or was very near to it. We are awaiting arrival of NSG team from Delhi. Four injured are out of danger,” he added.
  4. The incident exposes a huge security lapse in a building so close to the Deputy Commissioner of Police’s office in the heart of Ludhiana city. Investigations are focusing on how the explosives were smuggled into the court complex despite security.
  5. A team of the National Investigation Agency or NIA has been sent to the blast site.
  6. Chief Minister Charanjit Channi condemned the blast and urged people to stay calm. “Anybody trying to disturb the peace and harmony of the state, will be taken to task,” he said.
  7. Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was among the first to react to the incident, which has taken place in the middle of a fierce campaign for the Punjab election early next year. In a tweet, Mr Singh asked Punjab police to investigate the incident thoroughly.
  8. As Chief Minister earlier this year, Mr Singh had expressed concerns about the threat to the state from Pakistan-backed terror forces and had sought 25 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and anti-drone gadgets for the Border Security Force (BSF) for protection.
  9. “First sacrilege, now blast. Some people want to destroy the peace in Punjab but we will not allow such plans to succeed. We should stand together,” tweeted Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi.
  10. In 2017, six persons, including three children, were killed in an explosion near the venue of the poll campaign of a Congress candidate.

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