NIA holds searches in six States, detains several over ‘terror links’

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday detained over a dozen persons in Rajasthan in connection to alleged Khalistani-gangster nexus in state-wide raids conducted across five districts, police said.

Confirming that the raids were carried out by NIA, the director general of police in the Rajasthan Anti-terror Squad (ATS) Anshuman Bhomla said, “NIA has been searching (locations) in five districts including Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Jhunjhunu since the morning. They have interrogated a few people. The rest of the details could only be disclosed after the raids.”

The agency raided “seven locations in Sriganganagar district and detained over 12 suspects in connection with funding through Hawala and other online platforms from the Khalistani network,” said the inspector general of police, Bikaner range, Om Prakash.

Sources familiar with the development said a student union leader was among the 12 detainees for his alleged connection with the nexus.