Karni Sena's Chief Shot Dead at Home

Activist critically injured as assailants storm his residence; police intensify investigation and presence to prevent potential unrest

Jaipur: Right-wing group Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi was shot dead in the living room of his house here on Tuesday by three armed men, one of whom was also killed in retaliatory firing, police said.

One of Gogamedi’s security guards sustained bullet injuries and has been admitted to the ICU. The assailants had gone to Gogamedi’s house in the Shyam Nagar area on the pretext of meeting him, police said. The incident was caught on CCTV.

Gogamedi formed Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena after he was expelled from Sri Rajput Karni Sena in 2015 over differences with its founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi.

Both these outfits had protested against Deepika Padukone starrer “Padmaavat” in 2018 over alleged distortion of historical facts about the Rajput community.

Jaipur police commissioner Biju George Joseph told reporters, “Three men went to Gogamedi’s house and told his security guards that they wanted to meet him. The guards took them inside and the men talked to Gogamedi for 10 minutes before opening fire at him.”

While one of the assailants, who was later identified as Naveen Singh Shekhawat, died in the exchange of fire, the remaining two managed to flee on a scooty they snatched from a person outside Gogamedi’s house, he said.

“The entire incident was captured on CCTV. We are trying to identify and trace the other two accused. Those involved in the planning of the murder will also be caught,” Joseph said.

One of Gogamedi’s relatives told reporters that he had been receiving threats for a long time and feared an attack. He claimed police had been informed about the threats.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle with agency inputs )
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