NIA carried out raids all day in 53 locations across 27 districts in 7 states and UTs to break the Khalistan-gangster-terror network
87 Bank Accounts have been frozen, 38 weapons have been seized, over 750 devices and documents recovered and 13 houses attached
As per NIA, Gangster Arsh Dalla pushed IEDs and drugs from Pakistan and funded the Khalistani network in several states
NIA has solid evidence to prove that these gangs collaborate with drug smugglers and terrorists based abroad, with connections in countries such as Pakistan, UAE, Canada, and Portugal.
Agencies have accused these pro Khalistani gangsters of executing contract killings, acts of revenge, and raising funds for terror attacks and other nefarious activities through drug and weapon smuggling, hawala transactions, and extortions
In a significant operation aimed at dismantling the intricate web of the pro Khalistan terrorist-gangster-drug smuggler nexus, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched synchronised raids in 53 locations across seven states and union territories. The raids, conducted with the support of state police forces, led to several detentions and the seizure of firearms, ammunition, digital devices, and incriminating material.
The extensive crackdown, spanning the states of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, targeted individuals associated with ‘listed terrorist’ & Khalistani supporters Arsh Dalla and several notorious gangsters. Among those under the NIA’s scrutiny were Lawrence Bishnoi, Sukha Duneke, Harry Maur, Narender Lali, Kala Jatheri, and Deepak Tinu, among others.
These raids mark the 7th operation in a series initiated by the NIA since August 2022, which includes two new cases registered against Organized Criminal Gangs in July 2023. The cases encompass conspiracies involving targeted killings, terror funding for pro-Khalistan outfits, extortion, and more. Many of these gangsters are either incarcerated in various Indian jails or operate from foreign countries, including Pakistan, Canada, Malaysia, Portugal, and Australia.
The primary focus of the raids was on identifying weapon suppliers, financiers, and logistics providers linked to hardcore criminal gangs and their operatives. These gangs collaborate with drug smugglers and terrorists based abroad, with connections reaching countries such as Pakistan, UAE, Canada, and Portugal.
NIA investigations have uncovered that the conspiracies under scrutiny were orchestrated within various state jails but executed by an organized network of operatives situated overseas. Notable among these conspiracies were the high-profile assassinations of Maharashtra builder Sanjay Biyani, mining trader Mehal Singh, and international Kabaddi player Sandeep Nangal Ambia in Punjab last year.
Many of these criminals and gangsters, who once led gangs in India, have fled the country in recent years and continue to engage in acts of terror and violence from abroad, as per NIA findings. They have been involved in planning and executing heinous crimes, including contract killings, acts of revenge, and raising funds for attacks and other nefarious activities through drug and weapon smuggling, hawala transactions, and extortions.
The spotlight on these criminal syndicates has intensified due to reports of several prisons becoming breeding grounds for this deadly nexus, resulting in gang wars, violence, and murder, as witnessed inside Goindwal Jail and other correctional facilities.
The synchronized multi-state raids were carried out in various districts, including Amritsar, Moga, Fazilka, Ludhiana, Mohali, Faridkot, Barnala, Bathinda, Ferozepur, SAS Nagar, Amritsar, and Jalandhar in Punjab; Rohtak, Sirsa, Fatehabad, and Faridabad in Haryana; Sri Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu, Hanumangarh, and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh; Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand; and the South-east district of Delhi/NCR and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.