Three members of a gang have been arrested by the Punjab police on Wednesday in connection with the deadly attack on Suresh Raina’s relatives. Punjab police said an inter-state gang of robber-criminals was behind the attack.
Eleven other accused are yet to be arrested, DGP Dinkar Gupta said.
Former cricketer Suresh Raina’s uncle Ashok Kumar had died on the spot, whereas his cousin Kaushal succumbed to injuries in the hospital on August 31.
The attack had taken place in Pathankot’s Tharyal village on the intervening night of August 19 and 20.
SIT formed to probe the incident
A four-member Special Investigation Team was formed by the Punjab Police to investigate the matter.
On September 15, the SIT received information that three suspects, who were seen near the Defence Road area on the morning after the incident, were staying near the Pathankot railway station.
A raid was conducted and all three were nabbed, DGP Dinkar Gupta said.
A gold ring, a gold chain and Rs 1,530 cash were recovered, along with two wooden sticks, from the accused, he said.
Those arrested were identified as Sawan, alias Matching, Muhobbat and Shahrukh Khan, all residents of Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district, the police said.
Initial investigation revealed that they were operating as a gang along with others and had committed several such crimes earlier in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and various parts of Punjab.
Suresh Raina demanded a thorough probe
Suresh Raina on September 1 demanded a thorough probe into the violent attack on his aunt’s family.
In a series of tweets, Suresh Raina explained the situation. He had said what happened to his family was beyond horrible. He said his uncle was slaughtered to death, whereas his cousin passed away last night after battling for life.
Raina had also tagged Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in his tweet.
One of his tweets read: “What happened to my family is Punjab was beyond horrible. My uncle was slaughtered to death, my bua & both my cousins had severe injuries. Unfortunately, my cousin also passed away last night after battling for life for days. My bua is still very very critical & is on life support.”
In another tweet, he had said: “Till date, we don’t know what exactly had happened that night & who did this. I request @PunjabPoliceInd to look into this matter. We at least deserve to know who did this heinous act to them. Those criminals should not be spared to commit more crimes. @capt_amarinder @CMOPb.”
Controversy over Raina’s IPL exit
Media reports suggested that ever since CSK landed in Dubai on August 21, Raina was unhappy with the hotel room he was given. The veteran all-rounder was finding the stiff protocols of the bio-bubble claustrophobic. He wanted a similar room that Dhoni had been provided.
The issue with ‘Raina’s room not having proper balconies’ became a flashpoint as the CSK team quarantined itself in the team hotel.
Dhoni could not pacify Raina and everything spun out of control. After 13 members of the CSK team, tested positive for coronavirus and isolated, Raina’s fears grew.
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