NIA launches sweeping raids across 6 states to disrupt criminal networks
New Delhi, September 27: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched a sweeping crackdown across six states, spanning three cases and targeting 51 locations associated with the Lawrence, Bambiha, and Arsh Dalla gangs.
In the early hours of Wednesday, NIA swiftly conducted a raid at the residence of a liquor contractor in the village of Takhtupura in Punjab's Moga district. This action was prompted by gangster Arsh Dala's ransom demand from the contractor, who had already paid a portion of the demanded sum. NIA is actively investigating this matter, as per sources.
Additionally, NIA executed a raid on a gun shop located in the Bajpur police station area of Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand. Another house in the Clementown police station area of Dehradun district in Uttarakhand was also subject to an NIA operation. The NIA team has been conducting these raids since the early hours of the morning, with a particular focus on inspecting weapons in the gun shop.
Earlier, the NIA had released details of 43 individuals connected to the terrorist gang network with links to Canada. The agency urged the public to share information about the properties and assets belonging to these individuals that could be subject to seizure by the central government. The NIA also requested information about properties, assets, businesses held in their name or on behalf of associates, friends, and relatives, as well as details about their business partners, employees, and collection agents.
In a post, the NIA provided images and names of several individuals, including Lawrence Bishnoi, Jasdeep Singh, Kala Jatheri alias Sandeep, Virender Pratap alias Kala Rana, and Joginder Singh, highlighting their presence, especially in Canada.
An NIA team is currently conducting raids in Suratgarh and Rajiyasar within the Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan. In Suratgarh, the operation is focused on the residence of a student leader. These raids are part of a broader effort by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to search 51 locations across the country in three separate cases related to a nexus involving terrorism, organized crime, and smuggling.
Previously, the NIA had confiscated properties owned by designated Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in Chandigarh and Amritsar under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A property confiscation notice was posted outside Pannun's residence in Sector 15, Chandigarh.
On September 21, the agency conducted raids at over 1000 locations in Punjab and Haryana related to fugitive gangster Goldy Brar, with the collaboration of Punjab police officers. Goldy Brar, among the most wanted gangsters according to the NIA, is suspected to be involved in the recent killing of another gangster, Sukha Dunike, in Winnipeg, Canada.
Many of these sought-after gangsters are believed to operate from Canada, establishing close links between Khalistan sympathizers and criminal elements. During Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 2018 visit to Amritsar, India presented him with a list of nine Khalistani operatives reportedly located in Canada.
- With inputs from agencies