The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted raids at around thirty locations in different Indian states, including Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. These raids are part of an investigation into criminal and subversive activities involving gangsters, smugglers, and pro-Khalistani elements (PKEs). The NIA aims to disrupt this network that has been involved in acts of violence such as targeted assassinations, assaults on government installations, extortion, illegal importation of weapons and narcotics, and anti-India campaigns in countries like Canada, the UK, the US, and Australia.
Last week, the NIA released photographs of 43 individuals suspected of being linked to Khalistani gangsters involved in illegal activities in India and abroad. These suspects have played important roles in promoting extremist agendas and executing criminal operations.
The NIA has also seized two properties connected to Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, a leader of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) based in the United States. These properties are located in Chandigarh and Amritsar.
The NIA’s investigation into the financial affairs of high-ranking Khalistani leaders and gangsters in Canada has revealed a financial trail. Funds generated through extortion and smuggling in India are not only used to finance violent activities in India and Canada but are also invested in various ventures including yachts, film productions, and even the Canadian Premier League.
It has also been discovered that money generated by gangsters has been invested in clubs and bars in Thailand.
Indian agencies have recently taken increased action against pro-Khalistani elements and gangsters following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim that Indian operatives were responsible for the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada on June 18. This claim has led to heightened scrutiny and countermeasures by Indian authorities against these groups.