After a prolonged battle for life for over 45 days, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja passed away on Thursday morning in Ludhiana. Gagneja was attacked by two unidentified motorcycle-borne men near Jyoti Chowk located in Ludhiana on August 6 late evening. An FIR against two unidentified persons was lodged at Police Station, Division 4 in this regard. Meanwhile, BJP leaders have cancelled various programmes scheduled for the day, including a press conference by party leader Shwait Malik.
According to the doctors, Gagneja’s condition worsened on Wednesday night and was declared dead at 9.16 am on Thursday. With his intestines and other vital organs ruptured with bullets, he had been on a ventilator for quite some time.
Five weeks after the attack on Gagneja, the CBI team launched an inquiry. The case was handed over to them on the recommendation from Punjab DGP Suresh Arora. According to sources, the team studied the entire file prepared by the Punjab Police and even visited the locations frequently visited by the RSS leader. “We visited the spot where the attack took place several times. We are also analysing how the assailants managed to attack him in such a busy area and then managed to escape even as police was deployed less than 100 meters away from the spot,” said one members of the team, who requested anonymity.
While the CBI team is yet to come up with any vital clue relating to Gagneja’s shooting, the team had spoken to various family members of the RSS leader, reviewed the case file and also held a confidential meeting with the Jalandhar Police Commissioner last week.
Hailing from a non-RSS family background, Gagneja, 68 joined the Sangh as a “pracharak” before moving to the Army, where he served for around 40 years. Following which, he joined the Sangh again as a “sanghchalak” in Jalandhar. Considered as a close confidant of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Gagneja is known to have kept a low profile, used to travel in public transport and never took security personnel with him.