CBI yet to trace RSS leader Brig Gagneja’s killing
Jalandhar(Kusum Arora) – The killing of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Mukh Shikshak Ravinder Gosain (58) in Ludhiana on Saturday brought has brought to the fore the ‘modus operandi’ of assailants, who had shot dead RSS Punjab coordinator and Jalandhar unit president Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd) last year. Brigadier Gagneja, who was also the president of Jalandhar unit, was also shot at by unidentified assailants riding pillion on motorbike on August 6, 2016. Gagneja died on September 22.The RSS leader had sustained bullet injuries, when he has just reached the local Red Cross Market with his wife for shopping. While the Punjab Police probed the CCTV footage, no immediate lead about the assailants could be traced. The then Punjab government has also constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) along with Rs 10 lakh cash award for the informers but the case remained untraced. Later, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).BJP Punjab president and Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla said that the broad day light killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain was a testimony to the fact that law and order has deteriorated within six months of congress government. When asked about CBI’s slow paced investigation in Brig Gagneja case, Sampla said, “We had immediately handed over the case to the CBI for a thorough probe, so that the culprits could be nabbed.”Senior BJP leader and former local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia condemned the killing of Ravinder Gosain and termed it as law and order problem under congress led Capt Amarinder Singh government. “This speaks volumes about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state”, he said. A Jalandhar based RSS leader Ram Gopal also said that this was the second such killing of RSS leader in the state. “It is shocking that nationalist leaders of RSS were being killed”, he said.Sources maintained that Brig Gagneja always kept a low profile and focused on work alone. Brig Gagneja’s efforts at strengthening and rising RSS ‘Shakhas’ particularly in the rural and the border belts of Punjab was not much to the liking of the rivals. Brig Gagneja retired from the Army in 2006 and started working for RSS. He has joined as state coordinator before Lok Sabha elections 2014. After Modi government came to power, RSS expansion model has gained momentum under Gagneja’s leadership.
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