Six states raided in crackdown on Khalistani gangster nexus, 1 detained: NIA

NIA sleuths while conducting a raid in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/ Umar Farooq]

New Delhi: The NIA on Wednesday conducted raids at 51 locations in six states in connection with three cases related to associates of gangster Lawrence, Bambiha and Arsh Dalla gangs, PTI reported.

“The NIA is conducting raids at 51 locations across 6 states in 3 cases related to associates of Lawrence, Bambiha and Arsh Dalla gangs,” an official of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) told the news agency.

An associate of the Arsh Dalla gang has been detained during the raids, the official said.

While Lawrence Bishnoi is in jail, gangster Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dalla is based in Canada and Davinder Bambiha was killed in an encounter with Punjab Police in 2016.

As per NIA, the raids are still underway in three cases (RC 37/2022/NIA/DLI, RC 39/2022/NIA/DLI and RC 22/2023/NIA/DLI).

“The agency has been cracking down on individual terrorist outfits and terrorists conspiring to smuggle terrorist hardware, such as arms, ammunition and explosives and raising funds for carrying out terrorist acts in India,” NIA said.

The NIA investigations in the case had revealed that several gangsters having nexus with individual ‘listed terrorist’ Arshdeep Singh Dala had entered into a criminal conspiracy to raise funds for Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). They were also engaged in smuggling of arms, ammunition and explosives for the KTF from across the border, the news agency report said.

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