The Punjab state government on Thursday handed over the probe of murder case of RSS leader Brigadier (retd) Jagdish Gagneja to Central Bureau of Investigation.
“The Punjab government today (Thursday) entrusted the investigation to the CBI to nab the perpetrators and their anti-national co-conspirators residing abroad,” a government spokesperson said.
He said that the decision to this effect was taken in view of the need for a strong inter-agency approach to bring the accused to book.
Director of General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora officially made the recommendation on Wednesday.
The decision to hand the case over to CBI was taken, as the special investigation team (SIT) failed to make any breakthrough in the probe.
The spokesperson said that during the course of investigation (by the SIT) it was revealed that the attack could be the handiwork of anti-national elements that were likely to have a nexus with extremist elements living abroad.
“The nature of the targeting reflected the underlying motive of the perpetrators to disturb peace in Punjab. The act also had ramifications at the national and international level,” he said.
The RSS leader was killed on August 6 in a busy area of Jalandar. A team of two young men came in the motorcycle shot at him in the abdomen.
According to the Jalandhar police, they had got a CCTV video of two youngsters covered their face.
However, the police had not been able to nab the convicts, even after it aanounced a reward of RS. 10 lakh and job to those who help them with identifying the shooters.