Jailed Lawrence Bishnoi urges Gujarat court to stop use of terms ‘gangster’ and ‘terrorist’ for him in police papers : The Tribune India

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Jailed Lawrence Bishnoi urges Gujarat court to stop use of terms ‘gangster’ and ‘terrorist’ for him in police papers

Bishnoi is an accused in the singer Sidhu Moosewala murder case

Jailed Lawrence Bishnoi urges Gujarat court to stop use of terms ‘gangster’ and ‘terrorist’ for him in police papers

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi being produced in court. File Photo



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Ahmedabad, September 18

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who is currently behind bars here in a drugs smuggling case investigated by National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Monday filed an application in a special court seeking its direction to the investigation agency to refrain from use of words "terrorist" and "gangster" for him in police and court papers without "cogent or convincing" evidence.

The court of special judge KM Sojitra sought NIA's reply in the matter and kept it for hearing on September 22.

The court on Monday sent Bishnoi to judicial custody after his police remand in a 2022 case of seizure of drugs from a boat off Gujarat coast ended.

Bishnoi is also an accused in the singer Sidhu Moosewala murder case.

"My most precious rights as a citizen of Bharat should not be snatched away by any person. Kindly pass the necessary order related to the above stated prayer," he said in a plea filed by his lawyer Anand Brahmbhatt.

The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) had, in April, taken Bishnoi's custody from a Punjab jail in connection with a case related to seizure of 39 kg of narcotics from a boat off Gujarat coast in September 2022. It was allegedly sent by a Pakistan-based smuggler at his behest.

The case was later taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). A special court had granted Bishnoi's remand till September 12-16, and later extended it till September 18.

As his police remand ended, the court on Monday sent him to judicial custody.

In his plea, Bishnoi said he had been behind bars for almost ten years, and was "constantly wrongly pinned in different cases by different investigating agencies." "My rights as an accused have not been dignified before any of the concerned courts and I have been titled as a gangster and now recently I have been thrust upon the title of a terrorist," he said.

The NIA seeks to investigate his links to terrorist organisation Babbar Khalsa International.

Bishnoi said he "strongly objected" to anyone addressing him as a terrorist or a gangster, as he loved his motherland and if given “justice” would live and die for the country.

He said he has never been convicted in any of the cases against him, and there is no strong proof against him either.

"Yet I have been treated as a convicted prisoner. I have been restricted from wearing a T-shirt having the image of respected true patriot Shree Bhagat Singh during my court visits or productions," his plea said.

Seeking his remand, the NIA had told the court it was required as it sought to unearth criminal conspiracy hatched by him from jail along with wanted Pakistani smugglers.

The NIA said that, during interrogation, Bishnoi partly admitted he has been involved in supply of weapons through the jail as well as in the funding of proscribed terrorist organisation Babbar Khalsa International through his aides by supplying them weapons.

The same needed to be unearthed, the NIA had told court.

#Gujarat #Lawrence Bishnoi #National Investigation Agency NIA #Punjab gangsters #Sidhu Moosewala


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