Senior RSS leader Brig (retd) Jagdish Gagneja was shot at by bike-borne assailants at Jyoti Chowk area in Jalandhar on Saturday evening, police said.
Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla said Gagneja, Sah-sarsanghchalak of RSS's Punjab unit, was shot at around 9 pm near Makhdumpura colony.
He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.
Local BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia said three bullets hit Gagneja.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Amarinder Singh condemned the attack on the RSS leader. "Such nefarious designs deserve to be nipped in the bud lest these push Punjab into anarchy," he said in a statement.
People may not agree or approve of RSS ideology, but in a democracy, everyone has the right to pursue his/her political and ideological beliefs, Amarinder said, adding, "Such intimidation is unacceptable."