RSS leader’s killing: Punjab Govt to hand over case to NIA

DW Bureau | Chandigarh

The Punjab Government has decided to hand over the case regarding the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosai to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). A decision to this effect was taken by the State Government following the demand from some RSS and BJP quarters that the case should be handed over to the NIA for thorough probe, sources said.

Gosai, 58, was shot dead in Ludhiana on Tuesday while he was returning from a RSS ‘shakha’. This incident was the fifth such killing of a right-wing leader in Punjab in the past three years.

Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd) who was a senior RSS leader in Punjab, was shot by unidentified motorcycle-borne youths in Jalandhar on August 6, 2016. He was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries. In the past couple of years, several other leaders of Hindu organizations were shot at and some of them lost their lives after attacks in Ludhiana, Gurdaspur and Khanna towns. Shiv Sena leader Durga Prasad, for instanace, was killed by assailants in Khanna, nearly 75 km from Chandigarh in April, 2016.

Highly-placed sources said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had given his nod to hand over the case to the NIA and the DGP, Suresh Arora has started the process to send the case to the national probe agency. “We have been conveyed the in-principle decision of the State Government. We will soon complete all the formalities and shift the case to the NIA for further probe,” a senior Punjab police officer said.

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was visiting the Hussainiwala border in Ferozepur district, had also raised the issue with the Punjab Chief Minister.

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