New Delhi: Following the recent nationwide raids of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at 76 locations across eight states, six people have been arrested, including close associates of gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi and Khalistan ideologues. Those arrested include Lucky Khokhar, who is a close associate of Canada-based ‘designated terrorist’, Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dalla.
Others who were arrested in the raids, which were carried out in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Delhi, NCR, Maharashtra, and MP, include associates of gangsters Lawrance Bishnoi, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Goldy Brar, the NIA said.
The probe agency had registered a suo-moto case on August 20 last against seven people, including Harwinder Singh, Lakhbir Singh Sandhu and Arshdeep Singh. One person, Deepak Ranga, was earlier arrested in the case by the agency.
The NIA investigations have so far revealed that many criminals, who were leading gangsters in India, had fled to countries like Pakistan, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia and were planning their terror and criminal acts from there, in association with criminals lodged in jails in different states.
These groups were carrying out targeted killings and raising funds for their nefarious activities through smuggling of drugs and weapons, hawala and extortions.
Lucky Khokhar, a resident of Bhatinda in Punjab, who was nabbed from Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, was in direct and frequent contact with Arsh Dala in Canada and had carried out recruitment for him and received funds from him for carrying out terror-related activities. He had provided arms and ammunition to Arsh Dala’s associates in Punjab on his directions, which were also used for carrying out the recent killing in Jagraon, Punjab on the direction of Arsh Dala.