Anguished over the murderous attack on its state joint president Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd), the RSS today met Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal even as district-level RSS leaders and workers poured into the streets and submitted strongly-worded memoranda to DCs, demanding that Gagneja’s attackers be arrested immediately.The Punjab BJP core committee, that met the CM and the Deputy CM separately, sought decisive action against the assailants. Led by state president Vijay Sampla, the leaders demanded that the matter be looked into by the CM himself. State DGP Suresh Arora, who was present, reportedly shared information on the attackers. The police has provided a security cover to prominent RSS leaders even as Gagneja’s condition remains critical. He was shot at in Jalandhar on Saturday night and shifted to DMC, Ludhiana. The DMC vice-principal, Dr GS Wander, said none of the three bullets had been removed from his body. The RSS sees the attacks on its cadres as a political conspiracy. In 2009, its state chief Rulda Singh was gunned down in Patiala. A few months ago, an RSS shakha in Ludhiana was attacked.Rameshwar, the Pracharak Pramukh (North Zone-RSS), adopting a sterner posture than the BJP leaders, minced no words while expressing displeasure at the government “failure” to solve earlier such cases. A statement issued by the RSS media wing later in the day read, “The RSS delegation in unequivocal terms conveyed its displeasure over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Whether it was the attack on a shakha in Ludhiana or the daylight murder of Mata Chand Kaur or the incidents of kidnapping, snatching, etc, the common man on the streets is feeling insecure.”The Chief Minister, later in the day, visited the DMC to enquire about Gagneja’s health. He said a “neighbouring country” could be behind the attack on the RSS leader. Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, who holds the Home portfolio, said he was confident the culprits would be nabbed soon.Centre to send 15 BSF, RAF companiesChandigarh: The probe agencies are working on the theory that the attack could well be the handiwork of a foreign-backed agency. As a result, it has decided to step up vigilance at the International Border. The Centre has agreed to send 15 companies of Border Security Force and Rapid Action Force (about 3,000 personnel) to Punjab, after Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and discussed the situation.
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