Punjab

Six cops killed, 24 taken hostage by Chotu Gang

RAJANPUR: At least six policemen were killed and 24 taken into hostage by Chotu Gang in the riverine Katcha area in Rajanpur on Wednesday, ARY News reported.

With the operation Zarb-e-Aahan entering into 16th day and 1600 cops taking part in it, none of the members of Chotu Gang has so far been apprehended.

Despite, the bandits killed six policemen and took 24 into hostage on Wednesday. The cops came under attack by the bandits as they reached the island-like Kachi Jamal area in two boats.

Reports suggest that the gangsters have demanded police for a safe passage while contacting through wireless set seized by the cops held captive.

Kachi Jamal area is believed to be a bastion of Chotu Gang that borders Dera Bugti in Balochistan.

Of late, police and paramilitary Rangers mounted an offensive against criminal gangs in the lawless Katcha areas of Punjab that border Sindh and Balochistan.

The miscreants in the difficult-to-access area have nexus with banned outfits and have long been committing robberies and kidnappings, and go into hiding.

 

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