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Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi sent to seven-day NIA custody in terror funding case

A local court in Delhi on Tuesday sent gangster Lawrence Bishnoi to seven-day custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a terror funding case.

Earlier in the day, NIA had produced Bishnoi before a Judge at the Patiala House Court, demanding seven-day remand. 

The Judge transferred the case to the Special NIA Court, which remanded Bishnoi to seven-day NIA custody.

The national agency had lodged three separate FIRs (FIR no. 37, 38, 39) against Bishnoi and others in December, 2022. 

The agency claimed that terrorist organisations were using organised crime syndicates to smuggle arms and ammunition through international and inter-state borders.

According to FIR no 37, operatives of banned groups like Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Liberation Force were creating a network to wage war against the country. They were also inciting people to revolt against and create unrest in the country, besides carrying out terrorist activities.

NIA had named members of the Bambaiya Gang as accused in FIR no 38, which included Neeraj Bawana, Kaushal Chaudhary and others.

The third FIR (no 39) named Lawrence Bishnoi, Kala Jathedi, Kala Rana and their aides as accused.

Lawrence Bishnoi was today produced before the NIA court in connection with FIR no 37. 

NIA said it needed Lawrence’s custody to investigate the case on how terrorists sitting abroad were using big criminals to carry out their activities in India.

The agency had earlier taken Bishnoi into custody in cases related to organised crime syndicates active in North India and the GRP attack in Mohali.

It was also likely to grill Bishnoi in connection with the murder case of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf.

Sources said one of the killers used Zigana, a pistol made in Turkey to shoot Atiq and Ashraf. The same weapon was used to kill Punjabi singer Siddhu Singh Moosewala.

Further, one of the killers named Sunny, who fired indiscriminately at Atiq and Ashraf, used to call Bishnoi his role model.

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