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Punjabi Diaspora expresses concern over rising crime in Punjab; NAPA says NRIs cancelling visit to Punjab

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Jalandhar, November 16, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Punjabi diaspora today raised serious concerns over the increasing number of incidents of gang wars and the recovery of sophisticated weapons from various gangsters just ahead of the election season. Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director, North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), said the arrest of gangsters in the past had led to the seizure of sophisticated weapons from them which was causing a serious concern for the diaspora.

Expressing grave concern over the deteriorating law and order situation and alarming rise in organised crime in Punjab, he said the state was on the brink of Jungle Raj. “It is very unfortunate that only a few gangsters were convicted out of who were arrested. Several Gangsters gangsters managed to escape from police custody earlier. Eight have jumped bail,” said Chahal.

Satnam Singh ChahalHe said organized crime was not only getting institutionalized but also glamorized in Punjab. And that is the worst thing that can happen to a state. The Punjabi diaspora is feeling insecure as criminal gangs have lost the fear of the law. He referred to the kidnapping crimes where parents had to pay a huge ransom to secure the safe release of their kin.

The Punjabi diaspora has a fear in mind that gangsters are goons of the high and mighty. Many among them are on the payrolls of the liquor or sand mafia. Some work for illegal moneylenders or as recovery agents for banks and finance companies.

They also help in land grabbing. They rob people and kidnap children for ransom. Chahal disclosed that there would be less people from the diaspora this time who will participate in the coming Punjab Assembly elections due to the fear of increasing number of criminal gangs in the state.

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