Chandigarh, January 31 - Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the ED bomb blast at Maur today was a direct result of the nexus between AAP and radical elements.
In a statement here, Mr Badal said "we have been asking the Election Commission to take note of the manner in which AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal is consorting with extremist forces. Today's bomb blast proves that our apprehensions were correct and that radical elements have infiltrated into Punjab in league with AAP".
The SAD president said the manner in which the bomb blast was staged was also a hallmark of blasts done during the days of terrorism. "It has been reported that there were twin ED devices and that the scooter and car used for the attack sported fake numbers and even the numbers of their chasis and engine had been struck off".
Mr Badal asked the Election Commission to keep a strict watch on radical elements who had become active in the State after a long time. "It would be best to watch the activities of undesirable elements who have entered the State in the name of canvassing for AAP. These people are being funded to foment trouble in the State. If they are not nipped in the bud there could be more such incidents", he added.
Mr Badal expressed his condolences to the families of the three persons who have lost their lives in the tragic incident. He said his heart went out to them as well as the families of the injured. "I pray that this never happens again. But we will have to be vigilant against such forces who want to destroy hard won peace and communal harmony in Punjab", he added.