NIA brings gangster Bishnoi’s key associate from Dubai, arrests him

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has brought a dreaded gangster Vikramjeet Singh alias Vikram Brar, a key aide of notorious jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, from the UAE and arrested him, the agency said in a statement.

Brar, a native of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, was involved in multiple cases linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang including targeted killings, extortion as well as killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala in May 2022.

People familiar with the development said Brar was detained by UAE authorities in Dubai. A team of NIA officials was sent to UAE to finalize the deportation formalities and brought him to Delhi.

The NIA statement, which referred to his arrest as a “big catch”, said Brar was wanted in 11 cases including the sensational killing of famous Punjabi Singer Shubhdeep Singh alias Sidhu Moosewala.

“Besides, targeted killings of innocent people/businessmen, he was involved in cases of smuggling of weapons and extortion in India with the help of dreaded gangsters – Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldy Brar (based in Canada) and others,” it said.

Vikram Brar had been absconding since 2020 and 11 lookout circulars had been issued against him at the request of states including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. In UAE, the agency said Brar operated a ‘communications control room’ (CCR) for the Lawrence Bishnoi terror gang.

“This CCR was also facilitating calls of Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar and further upon their directions, he used to make extortion calls to various people. Brar’s CCR also enabled calls of main gang leaders with the operatives/members,” the statement added.

According to the NIA, Brar helped Goldy Brar kill Moosewala in 2022. “Lawrence Bishnoi had also sent extortion money many times to Brar through hawala channels. Brar had demanded extortion money from a doctor in Kurukshetra (Haryana) and also threatened him,” it said.

Before becoming a close associate of Bishnoi, Vikram Brar was associated with Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) in Punjab University. He actively participated in various crimes like murder, attempt to murder and extortions etc besides facilitating the Lawrence Bishnoi gang in targeted killings and extortion in Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, the agency said. “He was also providing logistic support to the gang members.”

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