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Days after election results announced, Rajput right-wing outfit chief shot dead in Rajasthan; WATCH

A few armed men starting firing at Gogamedi after having tea at his residence in Jaipur in the north-western state.

In this screenshot taken from a CCTV footage, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi being shot dead in the living room of his house, in Jaipur in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. (PTI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a spine-chilling incident, the chief of a right-wing group in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan was shot dead in broad daylight by some unidentified assailants in Jaipur, the state’s capital. on Tuesday (5). Two other persons were also injured in the gun attack, local police sources said.

According to them, the murder of Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, leader of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena, took place in Jaipur’s Shyam Nagar area in the afternoon. Police told the Press Trust of India that four armed men entered a house where the deceased was present. It was reported that they started firing at Gogamedi soon after having tea, leaving him and his men shocked. The men shot Gogamedi multiple times from close range, leaving him in a pool of blood. He was rushed to hospital soon after but the doctors declared him dead.

The horrific murder was caught on CCTV cameras fitted in the room and a video of the incident went viral on social media.

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“As per initial reports, four people entered a house where Gogamedi was present and opened fire at him. One of Gogamedi’s security personnel and another person were injured in the firing,” Rajasthan director general of police Umesh Mishra told PTI.

A member of another gang claimed responsibility for the killing, reports said. Rohit Godara Kapurisr, who has a background steeped in crime, wrote in a Facebook post that Gogamedi was helping their enemies and that prompted the fatal attack. India Weekly could not independently verify the post’s authenticity.

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The murder also took place just days after the results of the elections in Rajasthan came out. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power in the state defeating ruling Indian National Congress.

While Congress parliamentarian Pramod Tiwari said the incident proved that criminals in the state were encouraged by the fact that the BJP was coming back to power, federal minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat expressed shock over Gogamedi’s murder and said he had spoken to the police commissioner and asked him to arrest the culprits at the earliest. He also said making Rajasthan a crime-free state will be among the top priorities of the new government.

Who was Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi

Gogamedi was a member of Lokendra Singh Kalvi’s Shri Rajput Karni Sena that had staged protests against Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ (earlier Padmavati) but later formed his own Karni Sena, following a dispute, in 2015.

He stole the limelight following the protests against ‘Padmaavat’ and the encounter of gangster Anandpal in 2017.

About Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena

It is an organisation in Rajasthan created by the state’s Rajput community. It was formed by Godamedi following his differences with Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder of Shree Rajput Karni Sena. It is not a political party but yet has massive influence in the state, particularly during elections.

The Karni Sena outfits take their name from Karni Mata, considered an incarnation of the goddess Hinglaj Mata, who is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, whose temple is in Balochistan in India’s neighbour Pakistan.

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