Medicine, ‘kabootarbaazi’, gang wars: Is Punjab India’s ‘Wild Wild West’?

Medicine, ‘kabootarbaazi’, gang wars: Is Punjab India’s ‘Wild Wild West’?

CHANDIGARH: With a multi-million greenback worldwide medication cartel being run by Punjab’s Pablos escobars alongside ‘kabootarbaazi’ (unlawful immigration), the most recent fad on the earth of crime is the emergence of flamboyant gangs identified for kidnappings, contract killings, robberies amongst different crimes within the state.

A number of the most dreaded ones with worldwide drug hyperlinks are concerned in inter-gang rivalry too, police officers admit.

The sensational killing of 28-year-old stardom Punjabi rapper-politician Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, broadly identified by his stage title Sidhu Moosewala with a fan base of over 8.1 million on Instagram, particularly among the many Punjabi diaspora within the UK and Canada, final week near his village in state’s Mansa district has as soon as once more dropped at the fore the bloody face of gang rivalries.

Hours after the killing of Moosewala, who gained recognition for gun tradition and gang violence rap and booked by Punjab Police underneath the Arms Act after he was charged with selling gun tradition in 2020 for his tune ‘Panj Goliyan’, Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, a detailed aide of Lawrence Bishnoi of the Bishnoi gang, an archrival of the Bambiha gang, claimed duty for the revenge killings of two males: Youth Akali chief Vicky Middukhera in 2021 and Bishnoi aide Gurlal Brar in 2020.

Officers admit the incidents involving prison gangs are in a relentless state of flux.

Over the last decade, they’ve multiplied, splintered, cast new alliances, and battled each other for revenge with robust political patronage.

They largely flourished within the aftermath of a decade-and-a-half of the Khalistan motion, one of many world’s most violent insurgencies that noticed tens of hundreds youth both killed or going lacking, says an observer.

The prison gangs with a detailed nexus with drug and weapon cartels have been largely concerned in inter-gang rivalry killings, contract killings, extortion from actual property builders, liquor contractors and singers and kidnapping for ransom.

Cash from the multi-billion rupee racket of artificial medication is being utilized by the gangsters for lavish way of life, together with shopping for high-end automobiles.

Nevertheless, police authorities have been waging a battle towards drug cartels and gangs, however with restricted success.

As per the official knowledge, there are over 25 organised prison gangs working in Punjab with 300 members, half of whom are lodged in numerous jails.

“It’s excessive time to interrupt the nexus flourishing between militants and gangsters, largely patronised by political management, in numerous high-security prisons,” says a senior police official.

“For this, we want extremely motivated political will. We have to construct up simpler and environment friendly networks with inter-state and even inter-nations coordination in order that we could demolish these illegitimate networks,” he added.

Questioning the federal government’s inaction, Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu final yr mentioned regardless of the Excessive Court docket’s instructions, each the Capt Amarinder Singh authorities and the earlier Parkash Singh Badal authorities had executed nothing to extradite the 13 drug smugglers, who peddled medication in Punjab and smuggled them overseas, to India.

In an apparent reference to the Rs 6,000 crore former worldwide wrestler and Arjuna awardee Jagdish Bhola drug racket, Sidhu mentioned even a standard man may sense why these drug smugglers had not been extradited for the previous 5 years.

The ‘Bambiha Bole’ (2020) tune of Moosewala, who gave back-to-back chartbusters, is believed to glorify the Bambiha gang run by Davinder Bambiha, who was killed in an encounter in September 2016 on the age of 26.

The Bambiha gang is now working by Davinder’s aides — Dilpreet and Sukhpreet from prisons.

Following the killing of Moosewala, the Neeraj Bawana gang has vowed revenge. A Fb publish related to Bawana, lodged in jail in Delhi, expressed grief over Moosewala’s loss of life and warned to “give a end in two days.”

The publish additionally talked about Tillu Takpuria, and Koushal Gurgaon and Davinder Bhambia gangs — all reportedly related to the Bawana gang, reportedly concerned in firing at singer Parmish Verma and threatening one other singer Gippy Grewal.

Former Punjab Director Common of Police (DGP) Shashi Kant, who has been waging a struggle towards medication by revealing the names of a number of politicians, says the gangsters have been energetic within the state for many years.

A piece of politicians have been encouraging illegal actions — be it working of drug cartels or a homicide and even profitable an election. “They’re now a part of Punjab’s tradition like in Delhi or Mumbai.”

Going through criticism over killing of the famed singer, DGP V.Okay. Bhawra mentioned he has by no means affiliated Moosewala with gangsters.

He mentioned one Goldy Brar has claimed duty on behalf of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. The investigation would look into all points concerning the homicide.

In its newest orders, the DGP mentioned the Particular investigating Staff (SIT) would conduct the investigation on a day-to-day foundation and arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

Calling Punjab a border state whose safety couldn’t be compromised on this style, Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal mentioned: “We have now an inimical neighbour who’s more likely to reap the benefits of this example to destabilise the state even additional until pressing steps are taken to stem this rot.”

He mentioned with the killing of Moosewala a fear-psychosis has gripped people who find themselves feeling unsafe as a result of free rein given to gangsters who weren’t solely working extortion rackets, however had been additionally indulging in focused killings.

“This case has led to a rise in petty crime in addition to daylight dacoities and rampant murders,” the previous Deputy Chief Minister added.

(Vishal Gulati might be contacted at

Mansa: Punjabi singer and congress chief Sidhu Moose Wala shot useless in Mansa district on Sunday, 22 Might, 2022. (Photograph: Pawan Sharma/IANS)
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