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NIA crackdown on nexus between terrorists, gangsters and drug smugglers

by | Oct 19, 2022 | India

Following the crackdown, the agency has arrested two people which include a lawyer from Delhi..

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at over 50 locations in Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan and Delhi/ NCR region to dismantle the emerging nexus between terrorists, gangsters and drug traffickers based in India and abroad.

The agency said in a statement that some of the most desperate gang leaders and their associates based in India and abroad, who are spearheading and carrying out such terror and criminal activities were identified and booked in two cases registered by the NIA in August, 2022.

“The 2nd round of raids and searches is part of the NIA crackdown on top gangsters, their criminal & business associates based in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and arms suppliers based in UP, Rajasthan and Delhi followed the launch of investigations by the NIA against such organised criminal syndicates and networks. Their associates involved in illegal liquor supply mafia were also targeted in today’s raids, including Rajesh @ Raju Mota r/o village Basodi, Sonepat, Haryana,” said the NIA statement.

The agency further said searches were conducted at 52 locations in Abohar, Bhatinda, Muktsar Sahab, Moga, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Mohali Districts of Punjab, East Gurugram, Bhiwani, Yamuna Nagar, Sonepat, Mahendragarh, Manesar, Rewari, Rohtak and Jhajjar districts of Haryana, Churu, Bharatpur and Alwar districts of Rajasthan , Noida, Bulansheharand Sonbhadra distrand Dwarka, Outer North, Central, Outer and North East Districts of Delhi/ NCR.

Premises of Sampat Nehra of Churu-Rajasthan, Naresh Sethi (notorious gangster-criminal of Jhajjer-Haryana, Surender @ Cheeku of Narnaul-Haryana, Naveen @ Bali of Bawana-Delhi, Amit @ Dabang of Tajpur-Outer Delhi, Amit Dagar of Gurugram-Haryana, Sandeep @ Bandar, Salim @ Pistol of North-East Delhi, Qurban and Rizwan Khurja of Bulandshahr-UP and their associates were searched on Tuesday.

During the searches, five Pistols/revolvers have been seized, alongwith ammunition, which includes a cache of four Pistols from the house of Asif Khan, Advocate, r/o Gautam Vihar, Usmanpur, North East Delhi.

The agency alleged that the lawyer was connected with various gangsters of Haryana and Delhi. Few weapons in semi-knocked down condition have also been recovered. Apart from the above, incriminating documents, digital devices, details about benami property created through proceeds of crime, cash, gold bars and gold jewellery from Khurja , Bulandshahar (UP), threat letters, etc. have also been seized by the NIA.

The NIA said it’s investigations also revealed that these criminal acts were not isolated local incidents but there was a deep rooted conspiracy amongst terrorists, gangsters and drug smuggling cartels and networks, who were operating from both within and outside the country. Many gang leaders and members had fled from India and were now operating from foreign countries, including Pakistan, Canada, Malaysia, Australia etc. Ongoing probes by the NIA in cases being investigated by the Agency, such as the killing of Shaurya Chakra Awardee Comrade Balwinder Singh in Punjab also revealed that most of these conspiracies were being hatched from inside Jails of different States and were being executed by an organized network of operatives based in abroad.

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