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What killed Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri

Sudhir Suri was known for his video messages arousing Hindu sentiments against Khalistanis who reared their heads again once the AAP rule in Punjab began

Becoming the voice of repressed Hindus in Khalistan-influenced cost him his life. Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri was shot dead by an unidentified assailant while he was sitting on a dharna outside Gopal Mandir on Majitha Road in Amritsar, Punjab, today. The suspect has been arrested and the used in the crime seized, police said.

The Shiv Sena politician and some other activists of the party were holding a protest at one of the busiest places in the city, the police said. The assailant fired more than five shots at Suri. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, they said.

Why Sudhir Suri of Shiv Sena was killed

Suri was on the hit list of several gangsters for a long time and getting security with around eight Police personnel being attached to him, the police said. However, the incident can be linked to the recent Khalistani unrest in the state, reacting to which the Shiv Sena leader had led the Hindu resistance, political observers say.

Contrary to what was reported by a large section of the media from Patiala in April, Khalistanis had first surfaced at vantage points in the city, blocking roads and raising separatist slogans, after which the faction of Shiv Sena that does not owe its allegiance to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray challenged the Sikhs near the Kali Mata temple.

Subsequently, Shiv Sena deposed its head Harish Singla who said the head of the state unit of the party had no right to oust him although the organisation’s state chief could induct new members. Singla had given a call for the anti-Khalistan march that was taken out on 29 April in Patiala.

Suri was the leader of a local group that uses the name Shiv Sena Taksali. The man who allegedly shot at him is a local shopkeeper, Sandeep Singh.

Not an electoral player, Suri was mostly known for his fiery video messages on social media, arousing Hindu sentiments against Khalistani outfits and supporters that have reared their heads since the beginning of the AAP rule. Suri had got into an argument with some men from the management of Gopal Mandir today for the alleged sacrilege of idols by them. He was live on barely an hour before the attack, showing some idols “shamelessly dumped in the garbage”. “We will not tolerate such sacrilege, even if by fellow Hindus,” he said in that video.

Suri had five cases running against him for upholding Hindu interests, which is fashionably clubbed with the crime of “hate speech” by the judiciary and media of the country these days.

When he was shot at, Suri was on a dharna on the street, sitting next to an associate who was seen firing back at the attacker from a revolver.

Shiv Sena factions are the face of Hindu resistance against Khalistanis in

Sudhi Suri’s murder brings back dark memories of a series of killings of Hindu or religious leaders, most of them from Hindu groups, in 2016 and 2017, when the Akali Dal-BJP and the INC were in power at different points in time.

In October 2017, Ludhiana RSS leader Ravinder Gosain, 60, was shot dead in the eighth such incident in the state in about a year’s time. In June 2017, pastor Sultan Masih was shot dead, while others killed in that series of attacks were Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Ludhiana, a leader of an organisation called ‘Hindu Takhat’, also in Ludhiana, and RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (Retd) in Jalandhar.

In Punjab, a number of Hindu groups use the name “Shiv Sena” but do not formally have anything to do with the Maharashtra-based party founded by Bal Thackeray.

Police, politicians issue politically correct statements

The police, however, have not drawn a connection as yet. The police commissioner has appealed to the people to keep calm and not give in to any communal calls.

Police claim to be giving security cover to many Hindu leaders as there is a history of attacks on them. There have also been cases when police booked some of them for staging attacks on themselves to get security cover.

Reacting to the incident, BJP president Ashwani Sharma said the law and order situation had completely broken down in the state.

Congress chief Amarinder Singh ‘Raja’ Warring said: “Law-and-order is deteriorating and going from bad to worse. The Congress condemns the murderous on the Shiv Sena leader in Amritsar. Political differences apart, violence is unacceptable. Culprits must be brought to book.”

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