Post attack on RSS leader, organisations up ante against SAD-BJP government

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 8

After the Saturday night attack on the RSS leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd), various Hindu outfits have upped their ante against the SAD-BJP government.National president of the Shiv Sena (Punjab) Sanjeev Ghanoli and nation president of Shiv Sena (Hindustan) Pawan Gupta released a joint statement here condemning the attack and blaming the state government and the Punjab Police for the problem. “The attack took place in the heart of the city, but the police are still clueless after two days,” they said.They blamed the Punjab Police for having failed to crack the heinous murder of teenage boy Vidhu Jain in Malerkotla in September 2013 and also for no breakthrough in the case of missing Swami Krishanand of Gau Sewa Mission in Hoshiarpur since June this year.“In nine years, the Punjab government has done nothing which makes Hindus happy in the state. A grant sought for the upkeep of temples did not come and the entire funds have gone for constructing memorials.

A Rs 781-crore package went for riot-affected people in Delhi, with nothing coming for the terrorism affected families in Punjab,” they alleged adding that the situation prevailed when the BJP ruled at the Centre and was in ruling alliance in the state.Even the RSS leaders have been daily holding meetings and gave a memorandum on the issue to the administrations in all districts. Owing to the growing unrest, the paramilitary forces too have been deployed in the city today.Chugh for high-level probePHAGWARA: Strongly condemning the attack on the RSS leader, Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd), BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh on Monday demanded a high-level probe into the attack.Chugh asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to order a high-level probe into the matter so that the culprits were identified, arrested and punished according to the law.The BJP leader also asked DGP Suresh Arora to fix a deadline for the SIT constituted to crack this case.

He said the DGP needed to fix a time-frame for the identification and arrest of all the culprits and masterminds behind the murderous attack.He said this was the second attack on the RSS in the state. Earlier, some masked assailants had attacked an RSS “shakha” at Kidwai Nagar in Ludhiana.Chugh sought to relate the incident to the RSS spreading its wings in the rural areas for the expansion of the organisation. He said the attack was possibly planned and executed by the forces that were not feeling comfortable with the response RSS was getting in the rural areas of Punjab.Strongly condemning the attack on Gagneja, the Shiv Sena state vice-president Inderjit Karwal said there was a deep conspiracy of the Badal government near the coming Assembly elections to play a communal card.

Addressing a meeting, the Sena leader alleged that the BJP, too, was playing into the hands of the Akalis and, moreover, the BJP was preferring alliance dharma than “Rashtra Dharma”. He urged the government to immediately arrest the culprits responsible for the attack on the RSS leader and prove its sincerity to maintain law and order in the state.Activists of the RSS, led by Shiv Handa, on Monday held a protest against the murderous attack on RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja on Saturday night in Jalandhar. The protesters later met Additional Deputy Commissioner Iqbal Singh Sandhu in his office and submitted a memorandum to him, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits this afternoon.Commenting on the attack on Gagneja, former Congress leader and minister Joginder Singh Maan alleged that law and order situation in the state had been completely deteriorated in the state, but the Akalis were still looting the state.