National Investigation Agency (NIA) has attached five properties owned by members of the organised crime syndicates in Delhi and Haryana, delivering another blow to the multi-state terrorist-gangster-drug smuggler network.
One property is in Delhi, and four others are in Haryana, continuing the NIA’s campaign to dismantle the terrorist-gangster-drug smuggler network.
As per the NIA, these attachments and seizures had been done in the wake of the recent searches conducted at 76 locations connected to gangsters and their associates in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Delhi/NCR in February of this year.
These properties have been seized in connection with NIA’s probe in cases against three major organised crime syndicates under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in August 2022 who had spread their mafia-style criminal networks in the northern states and were involved in many sensational crimes, such as the murder of popular singer Sidhu Moosewala and largescale extortions from businessmen and professionals.
Among their crimes were the murders of Sandeep Nangal Ambia, an international Kabbadi organiser in Punjab, and Sanjay Biyani, a builder from Maharashtra.
Many of these conspiracies were found to have been masterminded from abroad, including Pakistan and Canada, or by leaders of Organised Criminal Syndicates based inside jails.
The NIA said that the Properties attached were found to be ‘proceeds of terrorism’, which were used for hatching terror conspiracies and execution of crimes.
The attached properties include a house of Asif Khan in Delhi and agricultural land in three different locations belonging to Surender Singh alias Chiku in the Mahendragarh district of Haryana.
Asif Khan provided weapons and logistics support to the gangsters, including a safe haven. Surender alias Chiku is a close associate of Naresh Sethi, Anil Chippi and Raju Basodi, notorious mafia leaders who the NIA earlier arrested. He had been involved in multiple criminal cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion. He has been instrumental in investing the ‘proceeds of terror’ and crime in real estate and other businesses.
The NIA added that “The drive to disrupt and dismantle such terror and mafia networks and their support infrastructure and to attach and seize their properties, which have been derived from ‘proceeds of terrorism and crime’ would be intensified in the coming days, along with Police forces of various states”.