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After grenade blast in Amritsar, AAP MLA Phoolka says, ‘Maybe Army Chief got it done to prove his statement correct’

Left: AAP MLA PHOOLKA, RIGHT: INDIAN ARMY CHIEF BIPIN RAWAT

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA, HS Phoolka, Sunday, in response to the Amritsar grenade blast that took place on Sunday afternoon- killing three and injuring 21 of a Nirankari sect congregation at Adliwala village- stated that maybe the Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had ‘got it done’ to prove his statement correct.

The statement Phoolka was referring to was Rawat’s November 3 statement where he said that attempts were being made again through “external linkages” and “external abetment” to revive insurgency in Assam and Punjab.

“The Army Chief made a statement recently. Maybe he has got it done himself to prove his statement correct. Maur Mandi blasts also took place during elections and these were later found to have been orchestrated by Ram Rahim. These were backed by the Congress. But the blame was laid at the door of Khalistanis. Therefore there is no need to jump to any conclusions now before investigating this fully,” Phoolka told television reporters.

The AAP MLA said that no one should jump to any conclusions regarding the blast and raised questions about it taking place when the general elections were due in some months time.

Later in a late night tweet, he called it an ‘inadvertent statement being blown out of proportion’.

He said: “An inadvertent statement made standing on road is being blown out of proportion. I have stated that history is evidence of that fact that governments in the past have caused violence to further their interest. Like in last year’s Maur blast..No one should reach a conclusion without detailed impartial investigation. Even a moderate person like me who has always been against Khalistan-think so. I regret statement that may have purported to be against the Army Chief.”

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