NIA raids in UP, Punjab in connection with extortion by Khalistani terrorists

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted searches at nine locations in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in connection with alleged extortion and threats by Khalistani terrorists in Punjab’s Moga district. 

An official gave this information. An NIA official said that the search operation was carried out in Barnala, Moga, Ferozepur in Punjab and Meerut and Muzaffarnagar districts of Uttar Pradesh. An FIR was registered in this regard in May in Moga district under sections of the Indian Penal Code, NDPS Act, Armed Law and Unlawful Activities (Prohibition) Act, he said.

The investigating officer said that this FIR was registered on the basis of information received by the Punjab Police, according to which Arshdeep Singh of Moga, Charanjit Singh of Barnala and Ramandeep Singh of Ferozepur – all presently abroad – formed gangs to threaten people and forcibly. were involved in the collection.

The NIA re-registered the FIR after taking over the investigation of the case. Three accused have been arrested, arms and ammunition have been recovered from their possession, the official said.

According to an NIA official, fugitive Arshdeep —a  close aide of Hardeep Singh who has been declared a terrorist by the Indian government and is the leader of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) — formed a terrorist gang involving gangsters and shooters from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

He said that the arrested accused had allegedly killed three Punjab-based businessmen and had also identified other victims. According to the official, during searches, empty cartridge shells, 122 grams of narcotic substances in a polythene bag, CDs, mobile phones, digital devices including SIM cards and several documents indicating involvement in the crime were found. He said that the investigation of the matter is on.

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