1600 Security Personnel Couldn't Curtail Asif Chotu (LeJ) Gang in Rajanpur, Military Helicopters Requested
LAHORE: Security forces carrying out a joint operation in the ravine area of Rajanpur got a final nod on Tuesday for air strikes to hit the gangsters hiding in a 10km-long piece of tract surrounded by water.
According to reports, three police personnel were killed and four others injured as members of the notorious Asif Chotu Gang allegedly opened fire at them. there have been rumors of 15 policemen held captive as well.
On Tuesday, Rajanpur police requested Punjab IG Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera to provide them two military helicopters for the strikes in Bahawalpur region. The forces also offered the gangsters to surrender before the air strikes.
A senior police official privy to the development told media that law enforcement agencies had halted the ground operation against the hardened criminals for the time being to avoid collateral damage.
“The forces have made last announcements asking women, children and other people to evacuate the island,” he said, adding that hundreds of people, mostly families of the gangsters, had been living in the island bordering Sindh and Balochistan for decades.
The official said police, Rangers, Elite Force commandos and Counter-Terrorism Department personnel were taking part in the operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Ahan.
Mushtaq Sukhera, the Punjab police chief, visited frontline checkposts on Tuesday to review the operational strategy. He was accompanied by police officers from Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan, DPOs and senior officials of Rangers.
According to a handout, he said the fight against the ‘evil elements’ of society had entered a final phase and security forces would eliminate them soon.
During the operation at least four suspects belonging to the gang were killed and 10 were arrested by the forces.
Police officer Ahsan at DPO Rajanpur said that the operation has been going on for the last 15 days in the area. The operation is being conducted in the very remote area where no mobile service is available.
“Over 1,600 security personnel are taking part in the operation,” he added.
Previously in Feb, Law enforcement Agencies had claimed that Asif chotu of the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) was arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan town of Punjab province.
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