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Kidnapping of nine policemen: IG Punjab suspends DSP Rojhan

Taking serious notice of kidnapping of nine policemen and killing another cop by the bandits, the Inspector General Police, Punjab, Khan Baig suspended the services of DSP Rojhan Naveed Mumtaz and ordered Regional Police Officer Dera Ghazi Khan Akhtar Umar Hayat Leleka to get rescued their nine colleagues from the Chhotu Mazari gang in the riverside of the Indus in Shahwali police remit in Rajanpur, police sources told media on Tuesday.

The gangsters kidnapped nine police officials from two posts in the Kachi Jamal locality after a rocket attack on one of the posts. Dera Ghazi Khan Regional Police Officer Akhtar Umer told this scribe that police are exercising restraint for the protection of hostages. "The hostages are being held in the islands of the Indus River and police found it difficult to reach those islands without bloodshed. Laleeka said police besieged the area.

Gang leader Ghulam Rasool, alias Chhotu, talked to the media persons on phone and put up his demands to the government: release his three men from jail; order police to leave the riverine area, and remove pickets from the Kacha Jamal area. Sources said the police are using tribal elder, MPA Atif Mazari, to recover the hostages. The district police Rahim Yar Khan, under the lead of DPO Sohail Zaffar Chatta, are taking part in the rescue operation in the Indus Kacha area, public relation officer of district police Arshad Nawaz told this scribe.

It is said the police posts that came under the attack of the Chhotu gang were located in Sonmiani Union Council near the Bhong area of Rahim Yar Khan. Local police sources said 40 gunmen armed with sophisticated weapons attacked the police posts established along the bank of the Indus River on Sunday morning. Up to 700 policemen besieged the area full of vegetation. Police plan to increase the contingent to 1,200 in case of a grand operation against the gang. Sources told media that police used old tactics and picked 30 relatives, including women and pressure the captors for the safe release of the hostages.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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