The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided about 50 locations in northern India amid a massive crackdown on gangsters from India and abroad.
The raids were carried out in coordination with local police forces at locations linked to various gangsters in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and adjoining areas, including Canadian gangster Gogh in Mukchar, Punjab. Aldibra’s home.
The gangsters have come to the attention of counterterrorism agencies after recent investigations into some terror cases revealed links to terrorists, officials said.
A number of gangsters, including Lawrence Bishnoy, the prime suspect in the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Muswara, were also operating in the prison, they added.
The federal Home Office then asked the NIA to conduct a coordinated intelligence-led operation against the gangsters across India, taking into account their international connections, the sources said.
The raid was aimed at arresting local gang members involved in terror cases, the sources said, adding that those involved in cross-border arms smuggling were also on the radar.
Growing links between terrorists and Punjab gangs came into focus following the killing of Sidhu Moose Wala. The centre has also issued multiple alerts to Punjab police over the past two months about the growing national gang network, officials said.
The singer was shot dead in an SUV near Musa village in Mansa district, Punjab province, on June 29.
A day after Moose Wala’s murder, Goldy Brar admitted in a Facebook post that he planned to do so in revenge for killing another gangster. Goldy Brar is a close assistant to Lawrence Bishnoi.