Senior RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja shot at in Punjab, critical

, 1:18 PM IST

Jalandhar: Senior RSS leader Brig (retd) Jagdish Gagneja was on Saturday night shot at by some bike-borne persons at Jyoti Chowk area in Jalandhar, police said.

Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla said Mr Gagneja, Sah-sarsanghchalak of RSS’s Punjab unit, was shot at around 9 pm.

He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

Local BJP legislator Manoranjan Kalia said that three bullets hit Mr Gagneja.

Police have started a probe into 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.

People may not agree or approve of RSS ideology, but in a democracy everyone has a right to pursue his political and ideological beliefs, Mr Amarinder said.

“Such intimidation is unacceptable,” he said.