New Delhi, 6th January 2024: In another major step towards demolishing the terrorist-gangster-drug smuggler nexus in the country, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday attached four properties owned by members of dreaded gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s organized terror-crime syndicate.
The properties, of which three were immovable and one movable, were attached in a coordinated swoop by NIA teams in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. NIA found all these properties to be ‘proceeds of terrorism’, used for hatching terror conspiracies and executing serious crimes.
The properties attached include Flat-77/4, Ashrey-1, Sulabh Awas Yojana, Sector-1, Gomti Nagar Extension, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, belonging to Vikas Singh, a harbourer of the terror gang in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Two other properties attached were located in village Bhishanpura, Fazilka, Punjab owned by accused Dalip Kumar @ Bhola@ Dalip Bishnoi. The two properties are (i)Khewat No. 284, Ragba Tedadi (Pluralistic) 59-15 in 187/2390, Hissa (share) Baqadar & (ii) Khewat No. 296, Ragba Tedadi (Pluralistic) 225-12 in 127/752, Hissa (share) baqadar.
One Fortuner car registered in the name of Joginder Singh s/o Hukum Singh r/o Yamunanagar, Haryana was also seized.
As per NIA investigations, Vikas Singh is an associate of Lawrence Bishnoi, who has harboured terrorists including accused persons involved in RPG attack on Punjab Police Headquarters. While Joginder Singh is the father of gangster Kala Rana – a close associate of Lawrence Bishnoi. Joginder Singh was facilitating gang members by allowing them to use his Fortuner car for the purpose of transportation of arms and ammunition for promoting terrorist acts. The property belonging to accused Dalip Kumar was being used as a shelter/warehouse for storage and concealment of weapons, and also for harbouring terrorist gang members.
The NIA had registered a case against the organised crime syndicate of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and his associates under UA(P)A in August 2022. The agency’s investigations showed that the gang had spread its mafia style criminal networks in several states of the country. These networks were involved in many sensational crimes, such as the murders of popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala as well as religious and social leaders like Pardeep Kumar, besides large-scale extortions from businessmen and professionals.
NIA investigations have further revealed that many of these terror conspiracies were masterminded from abroad, including Pakistan and Canada, or by leaders of organised terror syndicates operating from prisons across India.
As part of its efforts to disrupt and dismantle such terror and mafia networks and their support infrastructure, the NIA has adopted several targeted strategies in recent months, including attachment and seizure of their properties derived from ‘proceeds of terrorism’.