RSS leader’s killing, NIA would unify investigation by security agencies
Jalandhar(DP Correspondent) – Two-days after Punjab government handed over the case of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain to National Investigation Agency (NIA), Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Suresh Arora Saturday said that this would help in unifying the probe being carried out by security agencies. The DGP said that this is the first murder case handed over to the NIA in the state. “Under the NIA, all the security agencies including Punjab Police would make concerted efforts to nab the perpetrators of this crime”, he said.Arora dodged queries on any ‘foreign connection’ particularly some radicals behind such targeted killings but said that there might be an involvement of some people from abroad. He also ruled out the possibility of revival of terrorism in the wake of targeted killings in the state. Addressing the media on 58th Police Commemoration Day at PAP Jalandhar, the DGP said that earlier the Punjab government has handed over two cases of RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd) and Namdhari sect leader Mata Chand Kaur to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). “Punjab Police would extend full support and cooperation to the premier investigative agencies for probing the matter”, he said.“The idea behind handing over the case of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain to NIA was to hatch the bigger conspiracybehind this killing”, the DGP added. To a query that despite similar ‘modus operandi’ adopted by killers, the Punjab Police could not trace those behind the crime, the DGP said that many other crimes are also committed by motorbike borne youth. “But, our initial assessment does hint that such killings have some ‘links’ with each other”, he said.He also said that initial investigations have revealed that the modus operandi in killing RSS leaders was similar. However, it was different from the killings of Mata Chand Kaur of Namdhari sect and Pastor’s killing in Ludhiana. When asked that Pro-Khalistani posters appeared in some parts of the state, the DGP said that the Police was looking into the matter. He admitted that such incidents were a challenge to the state police. Earlier, addressing the gathering, the DGP said that from 1981 to 2017, as many as 2719 Police officers and jawans of Punjab Police have sacrificed their lives for the sake of country. The DGP also hailed the decision of the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to restore the special family pension of the officers martyred during operations against the terrorism. He also lauded the facility of Red Cards to the families of martyrs killed during militancy. On the occasion, the DGP also inspected the Guard of Honour and paid homage to the martyrs.
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