Senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader, Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd) was shifted to Hero Heart DMC Hospital, Ludhiana on Sunday as his situation remained critical.
He was shot at by two bike-borne assailants in Jalandhar on Saturday and was being treated in local Patel Hospital. As his situation did not improve, Critical Care Unit (CCU) from DMC was called in to shift Gagneja to Ludhiana.
“While two bullets have been removed from his stomach, one is still trapped in his body around the liver,” senior BJP leader and local MLA Manoranjan Kalia told PTI.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core committee called for an emergency meeting in the afternoon, which was also attended by Punjab incharge Parkash Jha.
Heavy police deployed near Ludhiana hospital
Heavy police force was deployed near the Hero Heart DMC Hospital as Gagneja was admitted to the ICU.
Sources from the hospital said a surgery of his liver will be carried out after proper medical examination.
Many BJP leaders reached the hospital hours before Gagneja was brought to the hospital. Chief parliamentary secretary and Amritsar (East) MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu also reached the hospital.
Earlier in the day, Union health minister JP Nadda had asked a CCU from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh to reach Jalandhar for his treatment.
Police, meanwhile, found the number of the motorcycle used by the assailants from the CCTV footage of Jyoti Chowk area where the incident took place. They said the assailants will be nabbed soon.
“Two bike-borne assailants, aged around 20, were riding the bike and had covered their faces with a handkerchief. Their heads were covered with black and yellow ‘patka’ (a headwrap worn traditionally by Sikh boys), Jalandhar police commissioner Arpit Shukla said.
(With agency inputs)