After attack on Raina’s kin, focus back on robbers’ gang - ECAS Punjab

After attack on Raina’s kin, focus back on robbers’ gang

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Gurdaspur/ Pathankot, Sept 2

After a long hiatus, the dreaded ‘Kale Kachhewala’ gang of criminals is back in Punjab with the latest example being that of the attack carried out by five persons on the relatives of cricketer Suresh Raina in Sujanpur of Pathankot district on the intervening night of August 19 and 20.

SSP Gulneet Khurana, who is personally supervising the high-profile case, said apart from a Special Investigative Team (SIT) formed by the Pathankot police, several smaller teams, too, had been constituted. He added that three teams had been rushed to neighbouring Himachal Pradesh to crack the case.

“Two persons — Ashok Kumar and his son Kaushal Kumar — have died after being attacked by the gang. Ashok’s wife Asha Rani and son Apan are still critical. They are unable to give a statement. We had to rely on statements given neighbours to know how many gangsters actually were involved. Prima facie it appears that five persons took part in the attack,” he said.

Officers claim the gang, mainly comprising unemployed youth belonging to certain tribes, including the Dhanaka and Padri groups, targets houses in less populated areas like the one in which Raina’s kin lived in Sujanpur.

“It is a well-organised gang. Miscreants also don police uniforms to befool their intended targets. They often wear dark coloured undergarments.” said Gurdaspur SSP Rajinder Singh Sohal. — TNS

from The Tribune

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