Published On: Sat, Apr 16th, 2016

Army takes over charge of operation against Chotoo gang: ISPR



RAJANPUR: Pakistan army will deploy all required resources in its operation against gangsters hiding in kacha areas of Punjab’s Rajanpur district, DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said.

In a statement on Twitter, Lt-Gen Bajwa said that army troops took over charge of the operation Zarb-e-Aahan in katcha areas.

He said that Army troops reinforced its cordon around hideouts of Chotoo gang and his armed accomplices.

The DG ISPR said that police and Rangers already involved in the operation will continue to participate under Army.

“Whatever resources required, will be employed to accomplish mission and updated Info about the operation will be shared regularly,” he added.

The Punjab government asked for support from Pakistan army after several failed attempts by the police to overcome the notorious Chotoo gang.

Six policemen were killed and 25 others were held hostage by the gangsters during the multiple police operations.

Army operation

Punjab police with 1600 policemen with Pakistan Army (called after failure) are doing operation against Chotu gang from previous 6 days (starting from 11 April 2016.). After the failure of police operation, police forces also requested for airstrikes against Chotu gang.Resources said that previously four operations launched against chotu gang but all failed due to lack of resources that police had.Gangster put up fierce resistance and indiscriminately fire on forces killing 7 policemen(also kidnap 18 policemen).They also fired mortar rounds to halt any advance of forces.Now drones are also being used in operation.On 15 April at 5:00 PM after takeover by Army, 50 members of gang surrendered. Rest of the militants are ordered to give up their arms till 12:00 AM before Army will launch strikes against them. Army have confirmed that operation will be completed with in 24 hours and any resistance from militants would result in their death. Geographically, this area is not too far from Indian border and it is feared that the members of gang may have access to some elements from Indian side that provides them heavy arms currently used against Police. Operation came in more lime light after a news spread that some members of Balochistan Liberation Front may also be hiding with the gang.


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