Two men on a motorcycle fired upon Rashtriya Swayamswak Sangh (RSS) leader Naresh Kumar (38) in the wee hours of Monday at Kidwai Nagar’s Shaheedi Park in Ludhiana and fled.
The RSS leader jumped aside to dodge the bullets and injured his hand a bit in the process. Some of the locals ran after the attackers but failed to catch them. Police commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal and deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargav inspected the scene of crime and deployed heavy force in the city, later.
A security camera captured the accused in their act of getting away. A case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 25 (firing of guns in contravention of law) 27 (punishment for using arms) 54 (amendments relating to arms and ammunition) and 59 (fee payable on petition for appeal) of the Arms Act has been registered against the unidentified attackers.
A Shakha officiator of radical Hindu organisation RSS, Naresh Kumar has told the police that he was at the park to conduct the Sangh activities when he noticed two men behind the trees at the entrance. “They had covered their faces with blankets and woollen caps. I asked them to state their business and when they told me they were out there waiting for someone, I asked them to sit in the park and walked back inside,” said the RSS leader, adding: “One of them followed me inside and asked me if I was a local. When I said I was, he took out a gun and shot at me. I jumped aside to save myself. The other RSS workers and morning walkers gathered around and raised an alarm, forcing the attackers to flee.”
Police have recovered a bullet casing from the spot. Police commissioner Umranangal has ruled out that this was a possible terrorist attack.