INDIA: On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at 50 locations across the country to dismantle and disrupt the emerging nexus between terrorists, gangsters/ smugglers and drug traffickers based in India and abroad.
The crackdown followed the NIA’s registration of two cases-RC-38/2022/NIA/DLI and case RC-39/2022/NIA/DLI, on August 26. The Delhi police earlier registered these cases. They included two FIRs registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against ten gangsters belonging to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, the Neeraj Bawana gang and the Bambiha gang.
The NIA tweeted the raids were conducted in Delhi, National Capital Region, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab. The recent sensational crimes and extortion call by criminal syndicates and gangsters to businessmen, professionals, doctors, and famous personalities have created a widespread scare among the people. The NIA stated that these gangs were using cyber-space to publicize these crimes to create terror among the people at large.
The NIA revealed that these criminal activities were not isolated local incidents. Still, there was a deep-rooted conspiracy among terrorists, gangsters, drug-smuggling cartels and networks operating within and outside the country. The NIA stated that many gang leaders have left India and have been operating from Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, etc.
The murder of Shaurya Chakra awardee Comrade Balwinder Singh Sandhu in Punjab revealed that most of these conspiracies were hatched inside jails in different states and were executed by an organized network of operatives based abroad.
On Monday, the NIA raided the premises of the criminals in Fazilka, Faridkot, Muktsar, Moga, Tarn Taran, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Mohali in Punjab. East Gurugram. Bhiwani, Yamuna Nagar, Jhajjar, Sonepat in Haryana. Hanumangarh and Ganganagar in Rajasthan. Dwarka, Outer North, Northwest, Northeast, and Shahdara districts of Delhi/NCR.
The searches were carried out at the premises of Goldy Brar (Canada), Lawrence Bishnoi, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Varinder Pratap, Kala Rana, Kala Jathedi, Vikram Brar, Gaurav Patel @Lucky Patyal (who was earlier arrested in Armenia), Neeraj Bawana, Kaushal Chaudhary, Tillu Tajpuria, Amit Dagar, Deepak Kumar @Tinu, [email protected], [email protected], Irfan @Chinnu Pahalwan, [email protected] Baba, Sachin Bhanja and other associates.
06 pistols, one revolver, and one shotgun were found during the searches, along with some ammunition. Additionally, the NIA reported that it seized drugs, cash, incriminating documents, digital devices, information about benami property, threat letters, etc.