Uncertainty prevails over the number of bullets that Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd) took. A senior doctor of Jalandhar-based Patel Hospital, where Gagneja was operated upon immediately after the attack, has claimed that the RSS leader had four bullets and five wounds in the upper half of his body.
“Our team spotted five wounds on Gagneja’s body. Three wounds were between the lower abdomen and chest, two were on the back. In the X-Ray on Sunday, four bullets were visible. I don’t know about the rest of the body,” Dr SK Sharma told HT.
He clarified that “number of bullets” could have been of ‘importance’ for the media and the police, but Gagneja doctors first concern was to make his blood pressure and other vitals stable.
“That’s why after seeing the seriousness of the case, we decided not to waste time in getting an X-ray or CT scan done and went for the surgery,” the doctor said.
“I don’t know from where this theory of three bullets came. We did not have any idea about the number of bullets till X-ray was done on Sunday. Thereafter, the patient was referred to Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana,” said Dr Sharma.
Till the RSS leader was referred to DMC, Ludhiana, senior BJP leaders and the officials present at Patel Hospital, Jalandhar, said the assailants had fired three bullets at the RSS leader.
“Two of them have been removed while one is still stuck in the liver of Gagneja,” commissioner of police, Jalandhar, Arpit Shukla, had told mediapersons outside the hospital.
State BJP chief Vijay Sampla at 1:15 am had told the media that Gagneja took three bullets.
DMC has confirmed three bullets: Kalia
Former minister and BJP’s Jalandhar Central MLA, Manoranjan Kalia, who was among the first to reach injured Gagneja, told HT that on Monday afternoon, the DMC doctors told him that there were three bullets.
“In the presence of deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, I asked doctors and they said three bullets were in the body. Police are claiming that five shells were recovered from the crime spot,” said Kalia.