Deepak Ranga, Main Shooter In RPG Attack On Mohali Intelligence Headquarters Arrested

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Deepak Ranga, the main shooter of the rocket in the RPG attack on Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali in May 2022. Ranga was arrested from Gorakhpur today morning. Deepak had been absconding since the RPG attack.

Deepak Ranga, a resident of Jhajjar district in Haryana is a close associate of Canada based gangster-turned-terrorist Lakhbir Singh Sandhu @ Landa and Pakistan based gangster-turned-terrorist Harvinder Singh Sandhu @ Rinda. Apart from his involvement in the May RPG attack, Deepak has been involved in a number of other violent terrorist and criminal offences, including violent killings. He has been actively receiving terror funds and logistical support from Rinda and Landa.

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NIA had registered the case suo moto on 20th September, 2022 after it emerged that that terrorist outfits and terror elements based abroad were operating in tandem with leaders and members of organized criminal gangs operating in northern States of the country to commit targeted killings and violent criminal acts. It had also emerged that the terror-gangster-drug smuggler network was also engaged in smuggling terrorist hardware, such as arms, ammunition explosives, IEDs etc across border through a widespread inter-state network of gun runners, illegal arms and ammunition manufacturers & suppliers and explosive traffickers.

Since the registration of 3 criminal cases against the terror-gangster-drug smuggler network, NIA has already arrested 19 leaders/members of various Organised criminal gangs, 2 Arms suppliers and 1 big financier connected with the network under UAPA. Canada based Arsh Dalla has been designated as an ‘individual terrorist’ by the MHA on 9th January, 2023. Further action to dismantle the terror-gangster-smuggler nexus and infrastructure would be intensified in the near future, said the NIA.