A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja’s killers “will not be spared”, a mysterious note surfaced Wednesday in which an outfit — “Dashmesh Regiment” — claimed responsibility for assassinating Gagneja and a Shiv Sena leader, Durga Prasad Gupta.
A militant outfit with the same name, with its headquarters in Amritsar and affiliation with Khalistan Armed Force, used to be active in Punjab in the 1980s.
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Top Punjab police officers, however, said “it was a non-existent organisation as on date and also the signatory was not a recognised terrorist face”.
They added either it was a fake note or some new group is using the name.
The Punjab Police had begun a probe to trace the source of the email sent to a number of media organisations here today.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is already investigatng the Gagneja murder case.
The senior RSS leader was shot at by two unidentified youths while he was shopping with his wife in a market on August 6. He sustained six bullet injuries and was admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana. He died last Thursday.
The note is written in Punjabi language on a letter head of “Dashmesh Regiment” and bears date of August 2, 2016 and a “Resolution Number 501/ 2016”. The signatory is Rajinder Singh Jinda.
The note mentions that RSS leader Gagneja and Shiv Sena leader Durga Prasad Gupta were involved in anti-Sikh activities and Gagneja had opened several such organisations including schools in Punjab on the direction of the Indian government to promote RSS activities against Sikhism.
“If other such leaders are involved in such activities, they too will meet the same fate”, the note read.
The note also targeted Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal for aligning with the BJP and said “they will have to face action for this alliance”.
Police Commissioner Jalandhar Arpit Shukla admitted he was aware of such a note and will get it checked.