6 Dec 2023

Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi murder: Rajasthan bandh today; police on high alert

Latest Update on the Murder of Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi: In a shocking incident in Jaipur, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena President Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi was murdered in broad daylight at his residence in the Shyamnagar police station area. His bodyguard was also shot during the attack, where a total of 17 bullets were fired in just 18 seconds.

The gruesome incident occurred shortly after the announcement of the results of the Rajasthan Assembly elections. Notably, gangster Rohit Godara from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang has claimed responsibility for the heinous act.

In response to the shocking murder, Karni Sena has called for a state-wide bandh in Rajasthan today, garnering support from various segments of society and the business community. The police department is on high alert in anticipation of the bandh. Protests erupted in different cities of Rajasthan on December 5, immediately following the incident, with the business community urging the police to enhance security measure.

2 accused identified

Police have  identified two accused. But it is not revealed  what role they played in the murder. At present the police has not given any information in this matter.

Why adequate protection was not provided, asks Makrana

Mahipal Singh Makrana, the National President of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, has declared that they will not take Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi's body until a encounter takes place. Furthermore, he has voiced concerns about the lack of security despite repeated requests, questioning why adequate protection was not provided.

Gogamedi had formed Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena 

Gogamedi had formed Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena after he was expelled from Shri Rajput Karni Sena in 2015 over differences with its founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi.

Formed in 2006, the Sri Rajput Karni Sena, largely made up of Rajput youths, advocates for caste-based reservations for Rajputs. At one point Gogamedi was a close confidante of Kalvi and was appointed as the Rajasthan president of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena. However, political differences between the two forced Gogamedi to form a splinter group.

Gained prominence through their protests against film Padmaavat

The Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena gained prominence through their protests against the 2018 Bollywood film 'Padmaavat,' featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor. Led by Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, the group, along with other Rajput factions in Rajasthan, vehemently opposed the film, alleging that it portrayed the Rajput queen Padmavati in a derogatory manner. 

The protests escalated to the extent of vandalizing the film sets, and the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, faced physical assault at Jaipur's Jaigarh Fort by members of the Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena.

The controversy garnered national attention when a bounty of Rs 10 crore was placed on Deepika Padukone by a member of another Karni Sena faction.

Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi also led protests against the police encounter of gangster Anand Pal Singh. The death of Anand Pal Singh became a focal point for Rajputs in the state, who contended that the gangster intended to surrender but was allegedly shot dead by the police without cause.

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