RSS’s VP Jagdish Gagneja Remains Critical; Security of Hindutva Leaders Beefed Up

LUDHIANA, Punjab—Vice-President of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat’s Punjab Unit Brigadier, Jagdish Gagneja was shifted to Hero DMC Hospital in Ludhiana following his critical condition.   On August 7, doctor’s recommended that Gagneja will find much needed treatment at DMCH.

Jagdish Gagneja was reportedly shot at in Jalandhar in the evening hours of August 6. Two motor-cycle borne assailants reportedly halted him and shot at him. The assailants fired three bullets on him that hit him in the Chest and Stomach.


At the DMCH, Jagdish Gagneja has been put on ventilator and inotropes (medicines that change the force of heart’s contractions). Sikh24 has learnt that two out of the three bullets were removed by the doctors while one bullet is still residing within liver of Gagneja’s body. Doctors have said that they can operate to remove bullet from Gagneja’s body only after his condition stabilizes.

Meanwhile, DGP Suresh Arora has claimed that the police have obtained clues about the attackers and that they will be nabbed soon. However, he refused to speculate anything at this point until investigations are over.  He informed that the security of RSS leaders and those of other radical Hindu organizations has been beefed up across the state.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal reached the Hero DMC Hospital in Ludhiana also today, and met the doctors.  He strongly condemned the attack and stated that such attacks could disturb Punjab’s harmony.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal also paid visit to Hero DMC Hospital to inquire about the physical well-being of Jagdish Gagneja. Sukhbir Badal said that 10 teams have been organized to probe into the attack and the responsible culprits would be behind bars soon.

Meanwhile, , Dr. Navjot K. Sidhu (wife of former MP Navjot Sidhu) alleged that the attack was orchestrated by the Punjab government. She demanded CBI-probe into the case and she said that they have lost faith in Punjab police as it always proved unsuccessful in maintaining law & order in the state.

File Photo: Jagdish Gagneja

On August 6, Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja was along with his wife after shopping in Red Cross market at around 9 pm. He stopped his car to attend a call near busy Jyoti Chowk market. When he was returning towards his car, two assailants with masked faces opened fire on him. After firing three bullets in his chest and stomach, the assailants also fired bullets in the air and left the spot. Injured Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja was immediately rushed to local Patel Hospital of Jalandhar.