Raids Across North India By Anti-Terror Agency In Crackdown On Gangsters

Goldy Brar is a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi.

New Delhi:

In a massive crackdown on gangsters, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided around 50 locations across north India. 

The raids are being conducted in coordination with local police forces at locations linked to various gangsters in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and adjoining areas.

Officials said gangsters operating from both India and abroad had come on the radar of the anti-terror agency after investigation in some terror cases revealed a nexus between the gangsters and terrorists.

Some gangsters, including Lawrence Bishnoi – the chief suspect in Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder, are also operating from prisons, they added. 

The growing nexus between the terrorists and gangsters had been revealed after the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala. The centre also sent multiple alerts to Punjab police over the past two months regarding the growing network of state-based gangsters, officials said. 

Sources say the Union Home Ministry then asked the NIA to carry out intelligence-led coordinated operations against these gangsters across India, and also consider their international links.

Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in his SUV near his village Moosa in Punjab’s Mansa district on June 29.

A day after Moose Wala was murdered, Goldy Brar had admitted in a Facebook post that he planned it to avenge the killing of another gangster. Goldy Brar is a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. 

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