‘Rajasthan bandh’ called today over Karni Sena chief’s murder; Gehlot reduced security: BJP

‘Rajasthan bandh’ called today over Karni Sena chief's murder; Gehlot reduced security: BJP
‘Rajasthan bandh’ called today over Karni Sena chief's murder; Gehlot reduced security: BJP

Two days subsequent to the BJP’s victory over the Congress in the Rajasthan assembly election, a political dispute arose concerning the assassination of Karni Sena chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, who was fatally shot in his Jaipur residence on Tuesday.

Following the murder, Karni Sena called for a Rajasthan bandh on Wednesday, while the incoming BJP government alleged that it was a retaliatory act by the Congress after losing the state.

BJP’s national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala circulated a video asserting that the police had received warnings about Gogamedi’s security threat, but Congress Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reduced his security detail.

Details of the Karni Sena chief’s murder:

– Three individuals on motorcycles arrived at Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi’s residence in Jaipur on Tuesday and opened fire at him.

– Surveillance footage of the shooting incident was captured by CCTV cameras and circulated on social media.

– One of Gogamedi’s security guards sustained gunshot injuries during the attack, while one of the assailants was killed in the crossfire.

– Initially, police stated that the attacker died from Gogamedi’s guards’ gunfire, but later it was disclosed that he was gunned down by his accomplices.

– On December 3, following the election results wherein the Congress lost to the BJP, Gogamedi mentioned on a social platform that the Congress’s disregard for Karni Sena led to their defeat.

– Rajasthan Police indicated the involvement of the Rohit Godara gang in the murder. This gangster has connections with Goldie Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi gangs.

– Supporters of Gogamedi have called for a state-wide shutdown in protest over the killing and demanded action on the matter.

– Prominent political figures from the state, including Congress’s Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, and BJP’s Vasundhara Raje, Rajyavardhan Rathore, condemned the murder. Congress leader Supriya Shrinate labeled it the ‘return of lawlessness’ coinciding with the BJP’s rise to power.

– The BJP has not yet announced a candidate for the chief minister’s post and highlighted that the state is still under the caretaker government of the Congress.

– Shehzad Poonawala, on December 3, alleged through his ‘Congress sources’ that the Congress was planning vengeance against Rajasthan by fabricating stories and engaging criminal elements to disrupt the state’s atmosphere.

– Expressing concern over the situation, the BJP leader remarked on the alleged Congress behavior while the state technically remained under Congress rule.