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The NIA had arrested the main shooter of the Mohali RPG attack last year.

World NewsIndia NewsThe NIA had arrested the main shooter of the Mohali RPG attack last year.

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested the main shooter of the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police’s intelligence headquarters in Mohali in May last year, agency officials said. told

Deepak Ranga (23), a resident of Surakpur in Jhajjar district of Haryana, was arrested from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning, an NIA spokesperson said.

Ranga had been on the run since last year’s RPG attack that raised alarm bells through security apparatuses in the border state.

A statement issued by the Federal Counter-Terrorism Agency said that Ranga is a close associate of Canada-based gangster-turned-terrorist Lakhbir Singh Sindhu alias Linda and Pakistan-based gangster-turned-terrorist Harvinder Singh Sindhu alias Randa.

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“Besides being involved in the RPG attack (on May 9 last year), Ranga has been involved in several other violent terrorist and criminal offences, including violent murders,” an NIA spokesperson said. said “He has been actively receiving terrorist funds and logistical support from Rinda and Linda.”

In October last year, the Delhi Police arrested a minor boy from Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad district for his involvement in the RPG attack.

According to the Punjab Police, both Ranga and the minor boy hurled an RPG at the state police’s intelligence headquarters in Mohali, damaging a portion of the building.

The NIA took suo motu notice of the case on September 20 when it came to light that terrorist organizations and foreign-based terrorist elements were working with leaders and members of organized crime groups in the northern states of the country to Target killing and target killing can be committed. Violent criminal acts

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“It was also revealed that the terrorist-gangster-narcotics-smuggler network through a vast inter-state network of gun runners, illegal arms and ammunition manufacturers, procures terrorist hardware, such as arms, ammunition, explosives, etc. Also engaged in cross-border smuggling of materials, IEDs, etc. suppliers and smugglers of explosives,” the spokesman said.

The NIA has registered three cases against these “terrorist-gangster-drug smuggler” networks and 19 leaders and members of various organized crime groups under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). , have arrested two arms suppliers and a major financier linked to the network. .

In January, Canada-based gangster Arsh Dalla was designated as an “individual terrorist” by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the spokesperson said: “Further action to dismantle the terrorist-gangster-trafficker nexus and Infrastructure will be done. It will intensify in the near future.”


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