- It is the second blast of the week-
One on Thursday in Ajmer and 2nd in Ludhiana
- NRI reports, delay in immigration clearance on
airport after the blast
- NRI concerns about investment in Punjab
in Ludhiana kills 6, injured 30 people
Ludhiana, Oct. 16, 2007
Col. Surinder Gill
On Oct. 14, Sunday, six people killed and more than 30 people
injured when a powerful bomb explosion took place, around 8.30-
8.40pm in a packed Shingar Cinema, in Ludhiana. The bomb was placed
between seats and these seats were usually occupied by migrant
Deputy Inspector General of Ludhiana, Ishwar Singh told media
that a bomb had caused the “single” blast.The police
suspects it is either a time bomb or a remote controlled blast.
Delhi Forensic experts, National Security Guards and Central
Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh, collected samples from
the site. No terrorist organization has so far claimed responsibility
for the blast. Still there is no clue about the terrorist and
the kind of explosives used.
Now experts are collecting "electronic data” and screening
hundreds of telephone calls made to Pakistan and foreign countries
from Ludhiana and other cities of Punjab. One expert says this
is best way to find the culprits
Govt. official's reaction:
The Home Ministry in New Delhi said it was still "too
early" to draw any conclusions, but added the blast "appeared
to be a terrorist attack."But another home ministry officer
said officials were investigating a possible link between
Sikh separatists and Islamic rebels.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said, "People
of Punjab have no sympathy with terrorists as they would not
allow the hard earned peace to go. There is no chances of
revival of terrorism."
Shri Prakash Jaiswal, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
said, he found no connection between the explosion in Ludhiana
and the bomb attack in Ajmer on Thursday.
Madhukar Gupta, Home Secretary Delhi said, "Police must
step up vigil and that shopping malls and theatres must have
an "in-house mechanism."
- Sukhbir Badal said it was not an intelligence failure and
added “let the investigations be complete, we will not
spare the accused”.
The Punjab Police, intelligence agencies and Sources
- The police had made lists of some migrants from West
Bengal and Kashmir, former terrorists and anti-social
- The police has narrowed down on the involvement of the
- The Babbar Khalsa was on the top of the suspects’
list as the recent RDX recoveries in the state were made from
alleged terrorists of this organization.
- National Security Advisory Board member B Raman, says, ‘‘Babbar
Khalsa is still active and in the last six months has increased
its propaganda drive particularly in the West, from Pakistan,
where its leader Wadhwa Singh is based. I would say BKI has
the capability, motivation and determination to effect the
kind of blast that took place in Ludhiana on Sunday.”
- Delhi-based security analyst Wilson John says, ‘‘It
could very well have been a BKI retaliation to the death sentence
to Hawara, but the larger message the blast sent out is that
BKI is on its way to reviving terror in Punjab.’’
- On 07, 2007, Chandigarh court sentenced Jagtar Singh Hawara
of the BKI to death and held six others guilty in the Beant
Singh assassination case. In the same judgment, one Naseeb
Singh, 72, was sentenced for 10 years under the Explosives
- Ajai Sahni of the Institute of Conflict Management said,
there remain a handful of terrorist outfits backed by Pakistan
and certain NRI (non-resident Indian) Sikh groups that continue
to sell the dream of Khalistan, and BKI is the oldest and
most organized pro-Khalistan terrorist group. Could it be
that the BKI struck in revenge for the death sentence to Hawara?
- In Chandigarh, Police officers said there are suspicious
movements of 132 NRI Punjabi Sikh militants who are now based
in Europe, the USA or Pakistan.
- K P S Gill, former Punjab Police chief said, at least two
groups-the Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad
Force are still active in Ludhiana and have links with Pakistan’s
NRI Dr. Surinder Paul Singh from New York arrived in New Delhi
Airport on Monday after one day of the Ludhiana bomb blast,
told NRI press that he was asked so many questions to clear
from immigration. Any thing happened in Punjab, NRI sikhs always
have the problems on Airports.
NRI Anil Gupta from Los Angeles said he was planning to invest
in Punjab but now I am little worried about two blasts within
one week. Punjab had already suffered lot in the past and these
bomb explosions will discourage investors.