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Photo of suspect who stole bike used in Ludhiana RSS leader’s murder released

The picture of the suspect was procured from CCTV camera installed at Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana

punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2017 20:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Chandigarh
Ravinder GOsain RSS leader,Ludhiana,RSS Mohan Shakha Ludhiana
RSS leader Ravinder Gosain(Ht File photo)

Sixteen days after the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana, the Punjab police today released a picture of a suspect who allegedly stole a bike that was used by the assailants. The picture of the suspect, a “vital clue” was obtained from the visuals shot by a CCTV camera, police officials said.

A reward of Rs five lakh has been announced on the identification of the suspect, officials said adding that the identity of informer will be kept secret. “We have got the photo of a suspect who stole the motor cycle and we are trying to trace him,” said Ludhiana Police Commissioner R N Dhoke.

According to police officials, the picture of the suspect was procured from CCTV camera installed at Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana. In the picture, the suspect can be seen wearing a blue shirt and brown pants. A sketch of the suspect was also released.

Two weeks have passed since the killing but Punjab Police has been able to make little headway. RSS leader Gosain was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths at Kailash Nagar on October 17.

The yellow and black bike used in the crime was allegedly stolen from Miller Ganj in Ludhiana on October 10. It was found abandoned near the Jalandhar-Ludhiana highway at Manj Phaguwal village, a day after the crime.

Two cops were also suspended for not acting on the complaint of bike theft lodged by its owner, officials said.

NIA likely to probe killing of RSS leader

The NIA is likely to probe the killing of Ravinder Gosain following a recommendation by the state government, a home ministry official has said. The home ministry is examining the recommendation of the Punjab government for investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosai in Ludhiana last month and a decision on it will be taken soon.

Gosain was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants in Ludhiana on October 17. He was the ‘Sangh Pracharak’ at the RSS Mohan Shakha in Ludhiana. Four unidentified assailants also shot dead the leader of a lesser known Hindu outfit ‘Hindu Sangarash Sena’ Vipin Sharma in Amritsar in broad day light on October 30.

Senior Punjab RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja was shot by unidentified motorcycle-borne youths in a busy area in Jalandhar on August 6, 2016. However, so far, the Punjab government has recommended for an NIA probe only Gosain’s killing.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 20:17 IST