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RAJANPUR: Army troops have been sent to rescue 18 policemen held hostage by a notorious group of gangsters in south Punjab.
The operation in Punjab’s riverine area was launched by police against Chhotu gang as part of an operation against militants and criminal elements after a deadly bombing killed over 60 people at a park in Lahore last month.
Soldiers were dropped by helicopters in the area surrounded by hundreds of policemen as operation entered eighteenth day.
Punjab police suspended the operation on Wednesday after the gang captured 22 policemen. Four of the injured policemen were released by Chottu gang.
Talking to media in Hyderabad, Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal said the provincial government would take measures to stop the members of the group from entering Sindh.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah speaking to the media said that the gangsters have sanctuaries in the riverine area which are difficult to identify.
On 18th day of the Zarb-e-Aahan operation against criminals, Pakistan Army personnel joined police and Rangers for a final action to eliminate the notorious Chotoo gang from riverine area of Punjab’s Rajanpur district.
According to our correspondent, Pakistan army troops have been called in to join the operation as authorities prepared for a final showdown.
A force comprised of thousands personnel of police and Rangers have been carrying out the operation at riverine areas of Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
On Wednesday, at least seven policemen were martyred and three others injured during the operation. At least 25 personnel were held hostage by the Chotoo gang when the troops tried to enter a forest in an island in the area.
Fierce clashes between police and criminals also continued today.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Lahore, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, who is supervising the operation, claimed that the forces would clear the area within 48 hours.
On the other hand, relatives and family members of those held hostage by the outlaws staged protest at Indus Highway, burning tyres on the road.