The CBI, which is investigating the murder of RSS leader Brig. Jagdish Gagneja, said it was surprised over the press note allegedly released by ‘Dashmesh Regiment.’ The group allegedly took responsibility for the crime and also the murder of a Shiv Sena leader and an attack on an RSS shakha in Ludhiana.
A CBI inquiry into the group revealed that it was responsible for the gutting of 36 small, abandoned railway stations in the early 1980s but had not confirmed history of violence or murder, said a source in the agency.
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“It is understood that this body was formed by the then president of All India Sikh Students’ Federation Harminder Sadnhu, who was close to Bhai Amrik Singh, the right-hand man of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale,” said a police sources, adding that it was not prominent. “Their name cropped up in only some isolated incidents which were not violent.”
“Harminder Singh never led the group formally. He was captured during Operation Blue star in 1984 and then he was jailed in Jodhpur for five years. After his return, he was killed by terrorists,” said police sources.
Many questioned the authenticity of the press note. It could be a ploy to derail the investigations, said sources in CBI.
The source also said that many radical groups that the agency investigated did not seem to be aware of Gagneja or his position in the RSS. “RSS leaders have maintained low profile and hardly come into the limelight due to which several such groups were even not aware about Gagneja,” the source said.