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Ludhiana Court Blast Updates: One dead, five injured after explosion in district court complex; MHA seeks report from Punjab govt

Ludhiana Court Blast Updates: The home ministry also asked the Punjab government to inform it about the findings of the initial investigation and who could be possibly involved in the explosion, the officials said

FP Staff December 23, 2021 20:58:59 IST
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Ludhiana Court Blast Updates: One dead, five injured after explosion in district court complex; MHA seeks report from Punjab govt

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Dec 23, 2021 - 18:51 (IST)

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MHA seeks report from Punjab govt

Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report on the blast inside the district court complex in Ludhiana in which one person died and many others were injured, officials said.

The home ministry also asked the Punjab government to inform it about the findings of the initial investigation and who could be possibly involved in the explosion, the officials said.

Ludhiana Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the area has been sealed and forensic teams will collect samples from the blast site.

Dec 23, 2021 - 18:50 (IST)

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Punjab CM announces free treatment for all injured in Ludhiana blast

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi blamed "anti-national"forces for trying to disturb the peace in the state. "As Punjab elections are approaching, some anti-national and anti-Punjab forces are trying to disturb peace. First, there was an attempt of sacrilege at Golden Temple in which they failed. Now, this blast. We are not going to spare culprits," he said.

Channi added that he will visit Ludhiana to take stock of the situation and said the treatment for those injured will be free of cost.

Dec 23, 2021 - 18:28 (IST)

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CM Channi meets the injured in explosion at Ludhiana court complex

Dec 23, 2021 - 17:49 (IST)

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Rahul Gandhi condemns Ludhiana blast incident

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday condemned the Ludhiana blast incident and said strict action must be taken at the earliest against those guilty. "My condolences to the families of those who’ve lost their lives and prayers of quick recovery for the injured," he said. 

Dec 23, 2021 - 17:22 (IST)

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All crowded places on alert, says Punjab police

Speaking on the Ludhiana blast incident, Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya said, "We cannot comment on anything. Only the experts can tell the kind of explosives used, but the district, state, and central forensics are on it. Every crowded place is on alert, the public should also be careful."

Dec 23, 2021 - 17:20 (IST)

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Punjab put on high alert, says Dy CM Sukhjinder Randhawa 

Deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that special teams have been deployed to probe the blast inside a court complex in Ludhiana in Punjab on Thursday afternoon. 

"Punjab has been put on high alert. Special teams have been deployed to probe the matter. I went and met the injured/suffered at the hospital. Peace and harmony of our punjab should never be disrupted," said Randhawa.

Dec 23, 2021 - 17:07 (IST)

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Navjot Sidhu to meet victims of Ludhiana court blast at 6 pm

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President Navjot singh Sidhu will visit DMC and civil hospital Ludhiana at 6 pm to inquire about the well-being of the victims in the bomb blast at Ludhiana Court complex on Thursday.

Dec 23, 2021 - 17:00 (IST)

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All angles to be probed: CM Charanjit Channi

Addressing a presser on Ludhiana blast incident, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said, "One person died and five others injured in today's blast incident. Very soon the truth will be revealed. Somebody trying to get himself saved is doing this. This will also be investigated. We will not let anyone disturb the law and order and peace of the state. It seems that someone who was fitting the bomb got killed."

Dec 23, 2021 - 16:56 (IST)

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'Shocking, dastardly act': Punjab CM on IED blast incident

Terming the Ludhiana bomb blast as a shocking and dastardly act, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday said that forces responsible for the incident would never succeed in their nefarious designs with a sole motive to destabilise the state.

Channi said that everybody knows the timing and the handiwork of those forces. "As the Assembly polls are drawing nearer with every passing day, which were hell bent upon to hatch such conspiracies to disturb the hard earned peace and harmony in the state. It is the need of the hour to condemn such incidents in the harshest possible words by one and all."

Dec 23, 2021 - 16:49 (IST)

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Person likely carrying explosives killed in Ludhiana court blast, says police

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.

Ludhiana Court Blast Latest Updates: The home ministry also asked the Punjab government to inform it about the findings of the initial investigation and who could be possibly involved in the explosion, the officials said.

The blast reportedly took place on Thursday at 12.22 pm inside a bathroom on the second floor of the building. The district court was crowded and functioning when the explosion took place.

Two people were killed and four were seriously injured in a blast inside a court complex in Ludhiana in Punjab on Thursday. CM Charanjit Channi said that the blast was carried to disrupt law and order in the city ahead of Assembly polls.

At least one person is reported to have been killed, while four others have been injured in a suspected IED blast in the Ludhiana court complex on Thursday. As per initial reports, many more are feared to be injured. The blast reportedly took place in the washroom on the second floor.

According to NDTV, four people have also been reported to have suffered serious injuries in the blast which took place in the second storey of the district court complex at a time when the district court was functioning.

Eyewitnesses have reported said that the blast seems to be a “powerful blast" as walls of the washroom have been damaged and window panes smashed. Following the explosion, the bathroom grill fell on the vehicles parked on the ground floor.

Police have cordoned off the area and fire tenders are on the spot. The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained.

Former Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted about the blast, saying that the police "must get to the bottom of this".

This is a breaking story, more details are awaited.

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