Chandigarh: Punjab government on Wednesday handed over the investigation into the murderous attack on RSS vice president Brigadier (retd) Jagdish Kumar Gagneja to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in order to nab the ‘perpetrators and their anti-national co-conspirators residing abroad.’ An official spokesman said that a decision to this effect was taken in view of the need for a strong inter-agency approach to bring the accused as well as their foreign co-conspirators to book. The recommendation for handing over the case to the CBI was formally made by Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora today. It was pointed out that the attack on the RSS leader, which was conducted by two motor cycle borne armed assailants, was investigated by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Director, Bureau of Investigations, Sahota.
During the course of investigation it was revealed that the attack could be the handiwork of anti-national elements that were likely to have a nexus with extremist elements living abroad. The report noted that the nature of targeting Brig Gagneja also reflected the underlying motive of the perpetrators to disturb peace in Punjab. It said the act also had ramifications at the national and international level.
Punjab Police had registered a case under Sections 307, 34 IPC and Sections 25,27,54,59 Arms Act in police station Division Number 4, Police Commissionerate, Jalandhar, on August 6 in this regard. Facing mounting pressure to nab the culprits who shot at RSS leader, Punjab Police had said the case was being probed from all angles. Gagneja is still stated to be critical.
RSS leader Jagdish GagnejaDP
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