How Lawrence Bishnoi Funded Khalistani Terror in Canada, India and Thailand
A probe led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) revealed that gangster Lawrence Bishnoi funded Khalistani activities in Canada, India and Thailand. According to media reports, the agency also said that money generated in India through extortion and smuggling funded terrorism and was invested in yachts, movies and also the Canadian Premier League.
According to NIA's chargesheet filed in the Patiala House Court in March, India Today reports, there were 13 instances between 2019 and 2021 when Bishnoi sent amounts ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 60 lakh from India to Canada and Thailand using the 'hawala route'.
The Hindustan Times (HT) reports that the gangster, who accused of killing singer-turned politician Sidhu Sidhu Moose Wala, was helped by his deputy Satwinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar. They worked 'closely' with Khalistani leaders in Canada, especially Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)’s Lakhbir Singh ‘Landa’.
Lakhbir Singh Landa is a key operative of the Babbar Khalsa International. He has been accused in the Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) attack at the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali last year.
“The money collected through extortion, illegal liquor, arms smuggling business, was sent to Satwinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar and one Satbir Singh alias Sam in Canada through hawala for further investment as well as for funding the radical activities of pro-Khalistan elements (PKEs),” India Today reported citing the NIA chargesheet.
HT in its report adds that the transactions to Canada mentioned by the NIA include Rs 2 lakh sent to Brar every month in 2021 and two payments of Rs 20 lakh each i