RAJANPUR: 40 gang members of Chotu gang surrendered on Friday as Army troops took control of the area on Friday; the gang had resisted the police operation for a number of days. The notorious gang had taken hostage around 24 police officials, six policemen were reportedly killed a day earlier.
According to sources after the Army troops arrived the gang members said that they never wanted to fight against the Army and as many as forty gangsters surrendered. Forces entered the area through helicopters and land penetration. Curfew has also been imposed in 4 kilometer area. Troops have also been assisted with gun-ship helicopters.
Earlier, police faced immense in the operation as six police personnel were martyred and 24 others were held hostage by the gangsters. As many as 1600 police personnel are taking part in the operation against the notorious gang based in Rajanpur.
It also emerged on Friday that the officials of Punjab police operating in Rajanpur area had sought 25 days to smoothly implement a counter-terrorist operation against the infamous Chotu gang; however, pressure from police high-ups meant that the police started the operation without much preparation. Relatives of the policemen, who were kidnapped or killed during operation, held protest against the alleged ineptness of police and demanded the safe recovery of the missing policemen. However, after the deployment of army in the trouble area, the protesters ended the demonstration saying “they have trust on the Pakistan Army”.