A bomb was found near the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in Chandigarh on Monday. The explosive was found near the helipad in Rajindra Park which is used by the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana.

The bomb disposal squad was called and Chandigarh Police has launched an investigation into the incident. The Western Command of the Indian Army has also been roped in for investigation.

At around 4.30 pm, a tubewell operator spotted the live bombshell in a mango orchard near the helipad and residence of the Punjab Chief Minister. Bhagwant Mann was not at his residence, which is barely a kilometre away from the spot, during this period.

“A live bombshell has been found. It has been secured with help of Police and Bomb Disposal Squad. An Army team has been called in. The area is being cordoned off,” ANI quoted Sanjeev Kohli, Nodal officer, Diasater Management, Chandigarh, as saying.

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The incident comes days after Punjab’s Tarn Taran Sarhali Police Station was hit by a probable rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Eight persons, including the Station Head Official (SHO), were present at the police station at the time of the attack.

However, no injuries were reported in the incident. The ammunition was powerful but it rebounded after hitting the wall of the police station. Punjab Police later said the RPG used in the attack was smuggled from Pakistan.

This was the second attack with a rocket launcher in the state. On May 8, Punjab Police Intelligence’s headquarters was attacked in a similar manner, allegedly on the instructions of gangsters Lakhbir Singh Landa and Harvinder Singh Rinda.

On March 9, this year, a police post at Kalma Morh in Ropar on the Nurpur Bedi-Nangal road was attacked. In November last year, a grenade was hurled at the main gate of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) office at Nawanshahr.

Days later, another grenade was thrown by motorcycle-borne persons near the Triveni gate of the Army’s cantonment in Pathankot.



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