RAJANPUR: Police have halted operation against Chotu gang in Kacha Jamal area after a station house officer (SHO) among seven were killed yesterday while at least fifteen taken hostage.
Exchange of fire and shelling ceased after the personnel were taken hostage on Wednesday.
However, the security agencies have besieged the criminals in Kacha Jamal on twelfth day of the operation. The criminals have handed over bodies of five personnel martyred yesterday.
On the other hand, family of the martyred SHO Haneef Ghori is devastated as body has not been delivered until filing of this report.
MPA Sardar Waqas Hassan Moakal has filed a resolution in the Punjab Assembly expressing disappointment over government’s inability to nab the gang. Moakal has urged deployment of army in the area.
On Wednesday, around 150 personnel rowed boats to Kacha Jamal at 3am prompting criminals to open fire. Reportedly, woodland in Kacha Jamal, gang’s centre of operations made police movement difficult.
12 personnel were held hostage by the criminals.
However, 1,600 personnel belonging to Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), Rangers, army and Punjab Police have cleared around 70 percent Kacha area while more than 50 check posts have been established.
A control room has also been formed in Rahim Yar Khan whereas Inspector General (IG) Punjab is frequently inspecting all the activities.
Police had sought two gunship copters for aerial operation against the culprits earlier this week.
Gang’s leader, Ghulam Rasool Bakhrani alias Chotu bears head money of Rs 20 lac while as many as 48 cases pertaining to kidnapping for ransom, murder, dacoities among other crimes are registered against him in different police stations.
First case against Chotu was filed on August 7, 1987.
The gang is also associated with anti-state elements including Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). Earlier it was reported that India-manufactured weapons were seized from armed men arrested in the operation.
At least 100 people constitute the notorious gang that has survived as many as seven police operations in the past.
More than 160 dacoits and miscreants backed by terror outfits and anti-state elements have been copped so far in security operation in Kacha Jamal area.