Punjab Police launches statewide crackdown on aides of gangster Goldy Brar
Goldy Brar, who is believed to be hiding in Canada, is charged under at least 13 criminal cases including murder and arms smuggling.
The Punjab Police on Thursday launched a state-wide crackdown in several districts to arrest close aides of wanted gangster Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar, an accused in connection with slain singer Sidhu Moose Wala's killing. The gangster is suspected to be hiding in Canada and has alleged connection with pro-Khalistan extremists. The operation is being carried out in districts including Moga, Ferozepur, Tarn Taran and Amritsar rural.
"Raids are being conducted at more than 1000 locations associated with gangster Goldy Brar, in a state-wide operation. Senior officers in the state are monitoring the operation...Legal procedures underway against listed gangsters," Arpit Shukla, Punjab ADGP, Law and Order.
Brar, who has at least 13 cases against him in crimes related to murder, arms smuggling among others, is also believed to be associated with gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. He has an Interpol red-corner notice served against him and has been declared wanted by intelligence agencies in both Canada and India.
The police action came a day after the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in its bid to double down on its action against pro-Khalistan elements, announced cash reward for sharing information on five members of the terrorist group Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).
In a drive to dismantle the terror-gangster links in the country, the probe agency also released of 54 people with their photographs wanted in two cases. The list includes the name of gangsters such as Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh Gill including Brar.
The police operation kickstarted today at 7 am and will continue through the day. The report of the drive will be submitted to the additional deputy general of police at 5 pm.