Jalandhar: Two motorcycle-borne assailants shot at the Punjab vice-president of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd), leaving him seriously injured in the heart of Jalandhar just after 8pm on Saturday. By 11pm, two of the three bullets in his body were removed at the local Patel Hospital, and he was stated to be stable.
Gagneja, who was accompanied by his wife Sudesh, stopped his Maruti Swift car (PB08BG0460) while returning home from the market. As he got out, he was shot at thrice by two youths on a motorcycle. Parmod Kanojia, an eyewitness, said the assailants had their faces covered. “I raised an alarm and with the help of nearby shopkeepers took the victim to Satyam Hospital where the doctors referred him to Patel Hospital,” he said.
The assailants reportedly fired two shots into the air while fleeing to intimidate bystanders. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal condemned the dastardly attack. He directed state DGP Suresh Arora to form a special investigation team (SIT) to track down the attackers. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal too promised prompt action.
PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh said, “Such attacks do not portend well for Punjab. Such nefarious designs must be nipped in the bud, lest Punjab is pushed into anarchy.” As instructed by the CM, a team of surgeons from Ludhiana arrived at the hospital here. Shocked by the incident, BJP national vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna, state president Vijay Sampla, Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, CPSs KD Bhandari and Som Parkash, MLA Manoranjan Kalia and Mayor Sunil Jyoti besides SAD minister Ajit Singh Kohar and former Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur rushed to the hospital.