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RSS leader’s killing in Ludhiana: Punjab govt to hand over probe to NIA

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh issued orders regarding an NIA prober on the request by an RSS delegation that met him at his residence on Thursday.

punjab Updated: Oct 20, 2017 19:46 IST
Press Trust of India, Chandigarh
Rss leader,Ravinder Gosain,Amarinder singh
RSS leader Ravinder Gosain was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(HT File)

The Punjab government has decided to hand over the probe into the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh issued orders in this regard today while announcing a Rs 5 lakh compensation for the deceased’s family and a government job for one of his progeny.

Gosain lost his wife to cancer some years ago and is survived by four children.

Orders regarding an NIA probe were issued by the chief minister on the request by an RSS delegation that met him at his residence on Thursday, an official spokesperson said.

The chief minister acceded to their request taking into account the “international ramifications” of the case, he added.

Investigations into similar incidents in the past suggest that the handlers of the assailants were operating from foreign soil, said the spokesperson, adding that Singh felt that with the NIA stepping in, there would be better coordination between the central agencies and the state police.

Two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants had shot dead RSS leader Gosain in Kailash Nagar in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Sharing the delegation’s concern over the brazen killing, the chief minister strongly condemned the act, saying there was no place for such violence in the state.

Asserting that his government would not tolerate such lawlessness, Singh said it was taking all measures to prevent such targeted killings.

Singh assured the delegation that the state police was working hard to solve all the previous similar cases and that he had issued directions for expediting the investigations.

No effort would be spared to catch the culprits and bring them to book in cases of targeted killings, which were clearly aimed at destabilising the state and destroying its peace, said the chief minister.

First Published: Oct 20, 2017 09:31 IST

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