The blast took place in the washroom on the second floor of the District and Sessions Court in Ludhiana on Wednesday afternoon. (File photo: AFP)
A bomb blast near a courthouse in the Indian state of Punjab has killed at least two people and injured four others.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in the second-floor bathroom of Ludhiana’s District and Sessions Court, according to AFP.
One footage shows police escorting the injured out of the building and instructing others to leave.
“It was an explosion, but we can’t say for sure now,” said a police officer present.
“We can confirm that two people were killed and four were injured.”
Saddened over the news of blast at Ludhiana court complex. I’m reaching the blast site shortly and I assure the people of the state that the guilty would not be spared. Anybody trying to disturb the peace and harmony of the state, will be taken to task
– Charanjit S Channi (CHARANJITCHANNI) December 23, 2021
According to India Today, police say the incident is under investigation.
“A high alert has been issued across Punjab after the blast and police have been directed to tighten security at public places,” he said.
Crowds gathered outside the Courts complex after the blast, and a video showed smoke billowing from the blast site.
It is to be noted that very few people were present in the court on Thursday due to the strike by the lawyers.
The blast destroyed the bathrooms and shattered the windows of the building.
The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Punjab Charanjit Singh said that he would soon reach Ludhiana. “There may be some anti-national elements behind the incident as Assembly elections are imminent,” he said.
“Those involved in this incident will not be forgiven.”