Senior RSS leader Brig (retd) Jagdish Gagneja was shot at by motorbike-borne persons near Jyoti Chowk area in Punjab on Saturday evening, police said.

 

Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla said Gagneja, Sah-sarsanghchalak of RSS's Punjab unit, was shot at around 9 PM near Makhdumpura colony.He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.Local BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia said that three bullets hit Gagneja.

 

Police have started probe in the matter. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Amarinder Singh condemned the attack on the RSS leader."Such nefarious designs deserve to be nipped in the bud lest these push Punjab into anarchy," he said in a statement.

 

He further said that people may not agree or approve of RSS ideology, but in a democracy, everyone has a right to pursue his political and ideological beliefs."Such intimidation is unacceptable," he added.

 

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal condemned the attack on Brig Gagneja and ordered the district authorities to ensure that the culprits are apprehended at the earliest.He directed officials in Ludhiana to rush a team of top surgeons to attend to Brig Gagneja, an official statement said. Badal also appealed people to maintain peace and harmony.