Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Rajput leader’s killing: Protests erupt in Rajasthan, Governor Mishra calls Amit Shah


Jaipur: Markets were closed in Jaipur and some other Rajasthan districts and protesters blocked roads and stopped trains on Wednesday after a bandh call by the Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena over the killing of its chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi.

Governor Kalraj Mishra spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the phone and summoned the state chief secretary, home secretary, police chief and Jaipur police commissioner to review the law and order situation in the state.

The police set up a special investigation team to probe into the killing of the Rajput leader who was shot dead by two men at his house here on Tuesday.

In the evening, some leaders of the Rajput community claimed outside the private hospital, where the body of Gogamedi is kept since Tuesday, that the administration has accepted their demands, including a probe by the National Investigation Agency and protection to family and eyewitnesses. They also said now the agitation will end.

However, after sometime, Gogamedi’s wife Sheela Shekhawat came out and appealed to people sitting on a dharna not to move from there. She said that till the accused’s “encounter” is not done, the community people should not move.

On Facebook, gangster Rohit Godara — said to be linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang — has claimed responsibility and said Gogamedi was killed for “backing” his enemies.

Police have identified the two alleged killers as Rohit Rathore from Jaipur and Nitin Fauji from Haryana’s Mahendragarh, and announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to their arrest.

Markets remained closed in Jaipur, Kota, Bundi, Ajmer, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Jhalawar, Baran and some other districts while a mass rally was taken out in Udaipur amid heavy deployment of police.

Vasundhara Raje heads to Delhi amid Rajasthan CM suspense

Amid a suspense over the BJP’s chief ministerial pick for Rajasthan, senior party leader and former CM Vasundhara Raje was headed to New Delhi Wednesday night.

She was scheduled take a flight to Delhi.

Sources in the Raje camp said she would be meeting the party high command on Thursday.


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