NIA Raids Unearth Complex Web of Khalistani-Gangster Foreign Funding Amid Diplomatic Strain
During the ongoing diplomatic tensions between India and Canada, the NIA raids (National Investigation Agency) have initiated a significant crackdown on the Khalistani-gangster network. This operation involved raids at more than 50 locations spanning several Indian states, including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
NIA raids multiple locations in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh. Raids underway at more than 50 locations across these states. NIA sources say, Khalistani, gangster elements based in other countries are funding overground workers in India…
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Diplomatic Spat Of India vs. Canada
The background to this operation is the strained diplomatic relationship between India and Canada, which escalated when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made allegations of potential Indian involvement in the killing of a Khalistani extremist named Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil in British Columbia. New Delhi swiftly rejected these claims, labelling them as “absurd” and “motivated.”
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Cracking Down on Foreign Funding
According to NIA sources, the crackdown aimed to target Khalistani and gangster elements operating from foreign countries who were channelling funds through hawala (informal money transfer) networks to support overground workers in India involved in the illegal drug and weapon trade. These sources also indicated that the NIA had received intelligence regarding the nexus between Khalistanis, the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, and gangsters.
Information gathered from individuals associated with the Khalistani and gangster groups arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) revealed their involvement in activities such as financing terrorism, supplying weapons, and engaging in anti-national activities from foreign soil.
Raids Across Multiple States
The Wednesday raids were distributed across 30 locations in Punjab, 13 locations in Rajasthan, four locations in Haryana, two locations in Uttarakhand, and separate locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
In response to the diplomatic dispute, India took measures to temporarily suspend visa issuance to Canadian citizens and requested that Canada reduce its diplomatic presence in India. This situation underscores the complexities and sensitivities surrounding international relations, terrorism, and criminal networks.
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