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NIA Carries Out Raids In 53 Locations Across 7 States, UTs To Crackdown On Terrorists, Gangsters, Drug Smugglers Nexus

NIA Carries Out Raids In 53 Locations Across 7 States, UTs To Crackdown On Terrorists, Gangsters, Drug Smugglers Nexus

The National Investigation Agency officials have detained several suspects and seized pistols, ammunition, a large number of digital devices and incriminating materials during the daylong raids to crack down on the terror-gangster-smuggler nexus.

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National Investigation Agency carries raids in 53 locations in North India. PTI

The National Investigation Agency carried out raids in 53 different locations across several states and Union Territories in North India and they also detained several suspects they attempted a massive multi-state crackdown on a nexus of terrorists, gangsters and drug smugglers on Wednesday.

The agency officials told media that the raids were related to the cases against the associates of Arsh Dalla who is a listed terrorist and many other dreaded gangsters. 

Where were the raids conducted?

The daylong raids were carried out at 53 locations in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and the union territories of Delhi and Chandigarh which was supported by the respective state police force.

According to PTI, some of the locations where raids were conducted included Amritsar, Moga, Fazilka, Ludhiana, Mohali, Faridkot, Barnala, Bhatinda, Ferozepur, SAS Naga and Jalandhar districts of Punjab; Rohtak, Sirsa, Fatehabad and Faridabad districts of Haryana; Sri Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu, Hanumangarh and Jodhpur districts of Rajasthan; Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh; Dehradun and Udhamsingh Nagar districts of Uttarakhand.

Raids were also carried out in the southeast district of Delhi-NCR and Chandigarh, reportedly. 

What did the NIA officers find?

The official said pistols, ammunition, a large number of digital devices and incriminating material were seized during the raids aimed at dismantling the terror-gangster-smuggler nexus.

The action focused on weapon suppliers, financiers and logistics providers associated with various hardcore gangs working with drug smugglers and terror outfits based in Pakistan, the UAE, Canada, Portugal and other countries, he said.

Why were the raids conducted?

The official said many of the criminals and gangsters who were earlier leading gangs in India have fled abroad in recent years and are now carrying out terror and violence-related activities from foreign countries. Other notorious gangsters that the NIA has kept under their scanner are Lawrence Bishnoi, Sukha Duneke, Harry Maur, Narender alias Lali, Kala Jatheri and Deepak Tinu, the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for the NIA told PTI, "These criminals have been engaged in planning and commissioning serious crimes, including contract and revenge killings, in association with criminals lodged in jails across India. These groups have been carrying out targeted killings and raising funds for attacks and other nefarious activities through smuggling of drugs and weapons, hawala and extortion."

The official said the spotlight on these gangs got sharper after reports of several prisons becoming havens of the deadly nexus and hubs of gang wars which recently resulted in violence and murder inside Goindwal Jail.

The raids were the seventh in the series of such crackdowns launched by the NIA following the registration of five cases since August 2022, including the two new registered against organised criminal gangs in July this year.

The cases relate to conspiracies of targeted killings, terror funding of pro-Khalistan outfits and extortion by gangsters many of whom are lodged in jails or are operating from various foreign countries, the spokesperson said.

Investigations have revealed that these conspiracies were being hatched in jails in various states and were being executed by an organised network of foreign-based operatives.

These conspiracies included the sensational killing of Maharashtra builder Sanjay Biyani, mining trader Mehal Singh and international Kabaddi player Sandeep Nangal Ambia in Punjab last year, the spokesperson said.

The NIA had earlier conducted similar raids at over 370 locations, leading to seizure of 38 arms, including four lethal weapons, along with 1,129 rounds of ammunition. 

The agency has so far frozen 87 bank accounts and attached 13 properties, besides seizing 331 digital devices, 418 documents and two vehicles.

Also, two absconders have been declared designated individual terrorists, and 15 accused as Proclaimed Offenders and Red Corner Notices (RCNs) issued against nine others as a result of NIA's efforts to destroy and dismantle the deadly nexus between terrorists like Dalla and dreaded gangsters and drug smugglers, the spokesperson said.