Punjab: RSS leader shot at in Jalandhar, condition critical


The Punjab RSS vice-president, Jagdish Gagneja, was shot at by two men motor-cycle borne men while he was out purchasing groceriesA senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader, Brigadier (retd.) Jagdish Gagneja, was shot at by two motorcycle-borne men Saturday evening. His condition is stated to be critical. Gagneja, RSS prant seh chalak (state vice-president), sustained three bullets, two in stomach and one close to liver, and is admitted in Patel Hospital. His surgery was under way till the filing of this report. On the directions of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal. state Director General of Police Suresh Arora has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under IPS Sahota, ADGP-cum-Director, Bureau of Investigation, to investigate the attack.
Eyewitness Pramod Kanaujia said he was standing on the rooftop of his house when he saw two men on a motorcycle fire at Gagneja who was on foot close to the Red Cross Market near Jyoti Chowk. He said the incident happened around 8.45 pm. Kanaujia said he rushed down and along with two-three persons took the profusely bleeding victim to Satyam Hospital from where he was referred to Patel Hospital . Senior police officers, including Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla and ADCP-1 Jasbir Singh, rushed to Patel Hospital after getting to know about the incident.
Senior BJP leaders, including C P S KD Bhandari, MLA Manoranjan Kalia, Mayor Sunil Jyoti and local RSS leaders, reached the hospital. It is learnt Gagneja had come to purchase fruits and other things along with his wife, daughter and son-in -law, who were at a distance, when he was shot at. His son, a Major in the Army, is to visit his parents Jalandhar Sunday. RSS state media incharge Ram Gopal, while talking to The Sunday Express, said there was no perceived threat to Gagneja’s life, which is why he did not have any security cover. Gagneja joined the RSS after he had retired from the Army a few years ago. He was appointed state vice-president a year ago.

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