A day after the Punjab government transferred the probe into the August-6 attack on Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Punjab unit vice-chief Jagdish Gagneja to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Jalandhar police on Thursday brought four suspects on production warrants from the Ludhiana jail.
The suspects include Ludhiana-based Shiv Sena leader Amit Arora, Shiv Sena youth wing leaders Samar D’Souza and Bharti Sandhu and Arora’s servant Mani. They were produced before a court which remanded them in seven-day police custody.
Arora, D’Souza, and Mani were arrested by Ludhiana police on June 24 after the Shiv Sena leader orchestrated an attack on himself to get an escort vehicle and more gunmen.
Jalandhar police commissioner Arpit Shukla confirmed that the suspects had been brought for questioning in connection with attempt on Gagneja’s life. They have been sent to police remand, he said. He, however, refused to divulge details.
The media was also not allowed to enter the court complex. Assistant commissioner of police (ACP central) DD Sharma kept on assuring to the media that he would give details of the suspects after the court hearing. But later, the police took the suspects from the rear gate of the court complex. The ACP also didn’t respond to calls.
Sources said the four suspects were brought from Ludhiana following a tip-off that Sena leaders might be behind the attack on the RSS leader and their questioning might help police get vital clues.
Gagneja is battling for life at the DMC Hospital in Ludhiana after he was shot at on August 6. His condition is stated to be critical.
Though doctors are not using the term ‘clinically dead’ as Gagneja’s heart and brain are functioning, they say the RSS leader is in a very ‘difficult situation ’ Doctors say most of his vital body functions are on support system.