Criminals operating in and around the border areas of Punjab are a threat to India’s national security, according to the India’s Military Intelligence.
MI has written a strongly-worded letter to Punjab Police alleging that several notorious criminals were operating with impunity even from jails and running several kinds of rackets, including extortion, at military bases in the state.
Fazilka-based gangster-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky was shot dead in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on Saturday morning. His rivals have been boasting on social media about how they killed Rocky and MI said it reflected badly on the Punjab police.
Punjab has seen two terror strikes recently, the first one at Gurdaspur in July 2015 and the other at the Pathankot airbase in January.
“While the endeavour within this organisation is to identify existence of such nexus, it is directed that the police network may also be activated to check their tentacles in view of the threat to national security based on their links with inimical agents,” the MI note said.
The note added: “It has come to our notice that a gangster Chandan alias Chandu, resident of Basti Tamkan Wali, Ferozepur, runs criminal activities from inside the jail by speaking to his associates. His associate Atul Singla alias Aloo does the allotment of extortion money from contractors at military stations and delivers it to the family of Chandu or to people as directed by him.”
Smuggling was also a major crime in which local gangsters were involved. “On January 16, when Mohali cops had arrested members of the deadly Jaipal Bhullar’s gang at Kharar and recovered Pakistan-made weapons, news of this was first updated by Chandan on his Facebook account even before it was officially declared as an aim to ensure that police do not show them killed in encounter.” – CINEWS