Last Updated: September 21, 2023, 12:25 IST
Dreaded Goldy Brar, the main accused in the killing of singer Sidhu Moose Wala, is next on security agencies radar after fresh reward on Canada-based Khalistani terrorist Lakhbir Singh Sandhu alias Landa.
The Punjab Police launched raids at several places on Thursday to nab criminals linked with Brar, news agency PTI quoted official sources as saying.
The special operation, which started at around 7 am, is being carried out in all the districts of the state, they added. Several police teams comprising senior officials are part of the operation, the sources said.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead in Mansa district on May 29 last year. Brar was the main accused in the case.
Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar, a native of Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab, went to Canada on a student visa in 2017. He is an active member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
Several reports state that Brar is currently in Canada. Earlier in May, Interpol-Ottawa’s Fugitive Apprehension Support Team had added the name of the notorious gangster to Canada’s list of the top 25 most wanted fugitives.
Canada’s official release stated that Brar represents a risk to public safety. Interpol had stated that he is the subject of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigation into serious allegations originating from India.
The charges against Brar in India are deemed “very serious in nature,” and a Red Corner notice, which authorises his arrest, has already been issued against him, Canada had said earlier this year.
Brar is also facing charges of murder, criminal conspiracy, and illegal firearms supply, according to earlier Interpol notice.
The tension between India and Canada has escalated since New Delhi snubbed Ottawa during G20 summit over anti-India elements promoting secessionism in Justin Trudeau‘s country.
Days after Canadian PM Trudeau returned to his nation, he alleged Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
Moments after Trudeau’s claim, Canada’s foreign ministry expelled a senior Indian diplomat from the country. As a retaliatory action, India also booted out a top Canadian official soon after, with a condition to leave the country within five days.
On Thursday, several reports related to Canada continued to pour in. Gangster Sukhdool Singh, who had fled to Canada from Punjab in 2017, was shot by unknown men in Canada’s Winnipeg. According to sources in Punjab Police, Singh had joined pro-Khalistan forces.
India also halted visa services for Canadian citizens due to escalated tensions between the two nations. Meanwhile, Ottawa announced temporary adjustments to its staff presence in India, aimed at safeguarding diplomats in response to threats received on social media.