Early this morning, the NIA raided 51 locations connected to gangs run by Lawrence Bishnoi and Arshdeep Dalla. Whom Delhi Police this week linked to Pak-based terror group Laskar-e-Taiba and rumoured attacks on Hindu leaders in Punjab.
The NIA on Wednesday detained several people after a multi-state crackdown on the nexus between criminal syndicates in India and Khalistani separatists and terrorists based in countries like Pakistan and Canada. Who use these networks for terror related activities.
The NIA raided 51 locations are focused on – and links with – Canada-based syndicates and criminals. When Delhi is embroiled in a major diplomatic dispute with Ottawa.
Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed to have “credible” information linking “Delhi agents” to the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. Nijjar was a citizen of Canada.
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India has rejected the allegation as “absurd” and pointed out that Canadian authorities have not yet shared evidence. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has noted an increase in “organized crime related to separatist forces and insurgency” in that country.
NIA raided 51 locations
This morning, the NIA raided 51 locations linked to the gangs run by Lawrence Bishnoi and Canada-based Arshdeep Dalla. Whom the police this week linked to Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and other crime bosses.
Sources said that a large quantity of arms, ammunition and digital evidence were recovered during the raid
According to NIA, fugitives like Dalla and Gaurav Patial live abroad. But Khalistanis remain in contact with terrorists for funding, arms smuggling and participation in assassinations, extortion acts and other anti-national activities.
These raids were in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the National Capital Region. NIA raided 30 places in Punjab alone.
These are part of efforts to build a strong case against the syndicates. Most of which now operate from Dubai. The cases relate to those registered by the NIA last year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Canada-based Lakhbir Singh alias Landa was targeted in some of the raids. Harvinder Singh Rinda based in Pakistan. and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
Who is based in the United States. and founder of the banned Sikhs for Justice separatist group. On Monday sources revealed details of the document on Pannun, which says he “wants to create a country by dividing India”.
Many names registered
Cases have been registered against Bishnoi and gangster bosses Goldie Brar and Vikram Brar as well as Bambiha, Kaushal Chaudhary, Neeraj Bawana, Dilpreet and Sukhpreet alias Budha in this gang.
There are also cases against Sunil alias Tillu Tajpuria. Who was killed inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail in May. As seen by the police.
And Bambiha, who was shot in the 2016 encounter. Of the other bosses, Bishnoi is in jail in Ahmedabad and Dalla is in Canada.
Screws are being tightened on Pannu
The NIA had also seized properties owned by Pannun in Chandigarh and Amritsar last week. Pannun, wanted since 2019 on charges of abetting and conducting terrorist acts, faces 22 criminal cases in Punjab alone. Which includes three treason cases.
Two days before that, the agency had raided more than 1,000 places in Punjab and Haryana. He was associated with Goldie Brar. Who had allegedly planned the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
On Monday, Mr Jaishankar told the UN General Assembly that “political convenience” cannot determine a country’s response to terrorism. The comment was considered directed at China and Canada.
Latte is home to a large and politically influential Sikh community. Which is expected to play a major role in the outcome of the next general elections in 2025.
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