WEB DESK: On 18th day of the anti-criminal Zarb-i-Aahan on-going operation against Chotoo gang, the army has taken the stage and started a major joint crackdown in the riverine area of Rajanpur after Punjab police’s failure to capture members of the dreaded gang, Aaj News reported.
The Army has started heavy operation in the riverine area by imposing curfew.
Earlier, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah has said that elimination of crime is the responsibility of police force and ‘Chotoo gang will be eliminated soon.’
Talking to media in Lahore today, he said operation against Choto gang is in progress and eight police personnel have sacrificed their lives.
The Minister said the government is providing all necessary resources for ongoing operation against Choto gang.
On Wednesday, Chotoo gang took 25 Punjab police officials hostage after an exchange of fire between police and gangsters occurred. Later at night, the gang killed one official and released four injured police officials.
Punjab Police claimed to have killed the Deputy Commander Chotoo Gang ‘Kalu Pehlwaan’ during the on-going operation.
The operation was suspended when officials were taken captive. The police official said that a meeting was convened on Thursday between the corps commander of Multan and the Inspector General of Punjab, Mushtaq Sukhera. Officials of other security agencies also attended the meeting.
“It will be a massive joint operation led by army,” he said while outlining strategy, “Our first priority will be to release captive police officials.”
Yesterday, Family members of captive police officials staged a protest at Indus Highway in the late hour of Thursday night. They burned tyres, chanted anti-government slogans and demanded the safe return of ‘officials.’