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Army takes over charge of operation against ‘Chotu Gang’ in Rajanpur

RAJANPUR: Army troops have been deployed in riverine area of Rajanpur and taken over the charge of operation  against Chotu Gang – a group of heavily armed criminals combating police for over two weeks, ARY News reported.

According to DG Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, police and Rangers would continue to take part in the operation under army.

“Whatever resources are required will be employed to accomplish the mission,” said Bajwa.

Until April 15, six policemen had already been killed in the operation launched Thursday against members of the “Choto gang” on an island in the Indus river in Rajanpur. Up to 1,500 officers were involved in the failed raid against some 150 men armed with rocket launchers and machine guns, authorities said.

“Our cops attempted to reach their base by two boats in the river, and the criminals came right in front of them and there was heavy exchange of fire,” said a police officer.

The criminals were armed with “rocket launchers, machine guns and anti-aircraft guns”, he said.

So far six policemen have been killed with 24 taken hostage, he said.

Ghulam Rasool alias Chotu - ring leader of 'Chotu Gang'

Ghulam Rasool alias Chotu – ring leader of ‘Chotu Gang’

Officials announced last week that the military in coordination with law enforcement agencies had launched a new crackdown in southern Punjab in the wake of an Easter attack on a park in Lahore that killed more than 70 people.

The operation against the gang began on April 1, officials said, with police confining the gang members to a roughly 10 kilometre area.

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