Hindu outfits are protesting the killing of right-wing activist Vipan Sharma in full public view by four unidentified assailants in Amritsar on Monday.
Amritsar remained tense on Tuesday as hundreds of Hindu activists gathered in the city, to protest against the killing of right-wing activist Vipan Sharma, on a day when the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is observing the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassin Beant Singh.
In view of the protest and observation of two conflicting events, Amritsar virtually turned into a police cantonment with hundreds of cops camping on the roads.
Sharma, district president of Hindu Sangharsh Sena, was shot dead in full public view by four unidentified assailants in Amritsar on Monday. According to reports, two of the four masked youths, including one sporting a turban, pumped atleast 10 bullets into Sharma’s body and fled the spot on their motorcycles.
“CCTVs installed at various locations had captured the incident. The footage from these cameras had been procured and the police is trying to identify the accused by making their sketches,” PTI quoted Amritsar Police Commissioner, SS Srivastava as saying.
Sharma was reportedly facing death threats since he had been vocal against Khalistan movement and ‘Ghalughara week’ (Operation Blue Star anniversary).
Several Hindu outfits, including the Shiv Sena and Hindu Sangharsh Sena, protested at the Bharat Nagar area of Amritsar by shouting anti-Khalistan slogans. “We are losing our Hindu leaders as the Sikh terror groups are striking fearlessly. The police should have given security to Vipan who perceived a threat from Sikh outfits,” Chairman of Shiv Sena Punjab, Sudhir Suri told Hindustan Times.
The incident comes less than a fortnight after RSS leader Ravindra Gosain was killed in a similar manner in Ludhiana. The 60-year-old RSS leader, who headed a RSS Shakha in Ludhiana, was shot by bike-borne assailants when he was returning from the Shakha on October 17.
This is fifth such killing of a Hindu outfit leader in the last two years in Punjab. Of these, three murders happened under present Captain Amrinder Singh government that came to power in March.