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Udatt Taneja | HENB | Ludhiana | Oct 17, 2017:: It’s a very marred Diwali for the members of RSS in Ludhiana this time. A Ludhiana-based top RSS leader Ravinder Gosain (60) was shot dead outside his house in Gagandeep Colony of Jodhewal area on Tuesday morning, just two days before Diwali celebration. The leader was pumped two bullets by motorcycle borne two masked assailants, in head and back and he died on the spot in Kailashnagar area.
The deceased was the head of Mohan Shakha located in Amantran colony of Jodhewal. On Tuesday Gosain returned from Shakha around 7am and was sitting outside his house with two grandchildren when he was gunned down.
The CCTV installed near the location has captured the assailants roaming around the area since 6:30am. They have also been captured fleeing after the incident in another CCTV. The assailants were on Honda Stunner bike of black-yellow color.
Gosain was associated with RSS since childhood and was an active member of RSS Shakha (daily activity unit).
The zonal General Secretary RSS, Yash Giri said, “This is the failure of police administration as earlier also the police have been failed to cracker previous cases of attacks on religious leaders.”
He added, “I have received a call from the Finance minister Arun Jaitley and he asked about the incident. All senior leaders are in touch with us.”
The district president of BJP, Ravinder Arora said, “To agitate against the failure of police the RSS and BJP leaders will protest outside the office of Commissioner of police, after cremation.”
The Commissioner of police, RN Dhoke said, “The police are exploring all angles in the case.”
The Ludhiana police have also released the pictures of suspects, captured in CCTVs, on social media with contact numbers.
The kin of deceased are clueless about the reason behind the killing as according to them Ravinder Gosain had never received any threat. It was the seventh such murder in the state in the past two years with the same modus operandi -two masked men on a motorcycle killing a prominent person from close range.
Such killings began with the murder of Mata Chand Kaur, patriarch of Namdhari Sikhs, on April 4, 2016, and have mostly taken place in Ludhiana and surrounding region.
Of the seven killings, four victims have been members of Hindu right wing organisations. Gosain is the second RSS official to be murdered after vice-president of the Punjab unit, brigadier (retd) Jagdish Gagneja was shot in Jalandhar on August 6, 2016.
Despite a clear pattern emerging in the murders, cops have failed to solve any .Senior officers said that they are certain only one group is behind the murders which is trying to foment communal tension in the state with these attacks, but has been unable to get specific leads.
Inputs from TNN.