Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena announced a state-wide ‘bandh’ on Wednesday to protest against the killing of Karni Sena chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi. He was shot dead in his home by three unidentified armed men in Jaipur on Tuesday.
The murder of Gogamandi has sparked a political slugfest two days after the Congress defeat in the state assembly election. The BJP claimed that it was the Congress’ revenge for losing the state. Shehzad Poonawala, BJP national spokesperson, shared a video of Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi explaining that police had informed Congress CM Ashok Gehlot of Gogamedi’s security threat.
Three bike-borne men came to Gogamedi’s house and fired bullets at him.
The shootout incident was caught on the CCTV camera and the footage surfaced on social media.
One of Gogamedi’s security guards sustained bullet injuries as he retaliated. Guard Ajit Singh is presently in the ICU and is in critical condition. One of the three attackers died in the cross-firing. He was gunned down by his accomplices though police initially said the attacker died from the firing by Gogamedi’s security guards.
On December 3 as the election results came out and the incumbent Congress lost to the BJP, Gogamedi wrote on X that Congress lost because of ignoring Karni Sena.
Rajasthan Police said Rohit Godara gang took responsibility for the murder. Gangster Rohit Godara is closely associated with Goldie Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi gangs.
Gogamedi’s supporters have called for a bandh in protest over the killing and threatened a statewide shutdown if action is not taken on the matter.
All prominent political leaders of the state including Congress’s Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, BJP’s Vasundhara Raje, Rajyavardhan Rathore, condemned the killing that took place at a time when the formation of a new government under the BJP was awaited. Congress leader Supriya Shrinate called it the ‘return of jungle raj’ as soon as the BJP came to power.
The BJP has not yet announced any name for the chief minister’s post and said the caretaker government in the state was still under the Congress.
Shehzad Poonawala on December 3 had claimed his ‘Congress sources’ informed him that the Congress was planning an all-out revenge against Rajasthan by ‘manufacturing and concocting fake and manufactured stories and tasking various mafia, anti-social elements to vitiate the atmosphere by committing various crimes to show Rajasthan in bad light’.
“I just shudder to think what they are up to.. Technically it is still a Congress government but they are going all out in revenge mode!” the BJP leader posted after Gogamedi’s murder.