In a shocking incident, a bomb blast and firing has been reported at Nirankari Bhawan in Rajasansi, Amritsar on Sunday. At least three people were killed in the blast while 15 others suffered injuries.
The blast took place around 12 noon on Sunday, November 18. The injured have been admitted in nearby hospitals.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for kin of the deceased, and free treatment for the injured.
He has asked the state home secretary and senior police official to rush to the spot to supervise investigations.
Initial reports said two armed, masked people on a motorcycle forced their way inside by brandishing pistol at a woman deputed at the gate. Once inside, they threw a hand grenade at the religious congregation and escaped.
Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka, who visited the spot, said it was a security and intelligence lapse, and blamed both central and state governments for the incident.
Punjab was put on alert after four persons snatched a SUV from its driver at gunpoint near Madhopur in Pathankot district last week.