The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches on Wednesday at more than 100 locations in six states of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh in cases of terror narcotics smugglers gangsters.
The anti-terror agency, working closely with state police, has been conducting these raids since early Wednesday at the property and other places associated with suspects. The raids are still going on.
The raids are being conducted in connection with three separate cases filed by the NIA last year: RC 37, 38, 39/2022/NIA/DLI.
The agency arrested on January 25 this year one Deepak Ranga, the main gunman in May 2022 RPG attack on Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali in his case RC-37/2022/NIA/DLI, from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh as he is a close associate of Canada based gangster turned terrorist Lakhbir Singh Sandhu alias Landa and Pakistan based gangster turned terrorist Harvinder Singh Sandhu alias Rinda.
Aside from his involvement in the May RPG attack, Deepak has been involved in a number of other violent terrorist and criminal offenses, including violent murders. He has actively received terror funds and logistical support from Rinda and Landa.
The NIA had filed the case suo moto on September 20, 2022, after it emerged that terrorist groups and terror elements abroad collaborated with leaders and members of organized crime gangs operating in the northern states of the country to commit targeted killings and acts of violence. criminal acts. It was also found that the terror gangster drug smuggler network was also involved in smuggling terrorist hardware such as weapons, ammunition, explosives, IEDs, etc. across borders through a widespread interstate network of gun smugglers, illegal arms and ammunition manufacturers and suppliers, and explosives smugglers.
Since the registration of three criminal cases against the aforementioned network of terror gangster drug smugglers, the NIA has already arrested 19 leaders and members of various organized crime gangs, two arms suppliers and a major financier connected to the network under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Action. Canadian-based Arsh Dalla was listed as an “individual terrorist” by the Home Office on January 9 this year.
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