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NIA arrests lead gunman in RPG attack on Punjab Intelligence Headquarters from UP

Edited by: Pathikrit Sen Gupta

Last updated: January 25, 2023, 10:01 PM IST

Ranga reportedly fired the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the intelligence headquarters in Mohali in May 2022.  (Representative photo: PTI)

Ranga reportedly fired the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the intelligence headquarters in Mohali in May 2022. (Representative photo: PTI)

Deepak Ranga, who has been arrested from Gorakhpur, is from Surakpur village in Haryana’s Jhajjar

After nearly eight months on the run, one of the main gunmen in the case of the Punjab intelligence headquarters attack has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The attacker has been identified as Deepak Ranga who allegedly fired the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the Mohali intelligence headquarters in May 2022. Deepak had been in hiding since the RPG attack.

Deepak Ranga hails from Surakpur village in Haryana’s Jhajjar and is reportedly a close associate of Canada based gangster turned terrorist Lakhbir Singh Sandhu alias Landa and Pakistan based gangster turned terrorist Harvinder Singh Sandhu alias Rinda.

Aside from his involvement in the RPG attack in May, Deepak was involved in a number of other violent terrorist and criminal offenses, including murders. He has actively received terror funds and logistical support from Rinda and Landa.

The NIA had registered the case on Sept. 20 after it emerged that terrorist groups and terror elements abroad were collaborating with leaders and members of organized crime gangs operating in the country’s northern states to commit targeted killings and violent criminal acts.

It was also revealed that the terror gangster drug smuggler network was also involved in smuggling terrorist hardware, such as weapons, ammunition, explosives, IEDs, etc., across borders through a widespread interstate network of gun smugglers, illegal arms and ammunition manufacturers, and suppliers, and explosives dealers.

Since the registration of 3 criminal cases against the aforementioned terror gangster drug smugglers network, NIA has already arrested 19 members of various organized crime gangs, 2 weapons suppliers and a major financier associated with the network under UAPA. Canadian-based Arsh Dalla has been labeled an “individual terrorist” by the MHA on January 9, 2023. Further measures to dismantle the link and infrastructure between terror, gangster and smuggler will be intensified in the near future, officials say.

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