Suresh Raina, Punjab CM

Cricketer Suresh Raina's Kin Attack-Murder case solved, Announces Punjab CM

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced that the case of attack and murder involving cricketer Suresh Raina’s kin has been solved with the arrest of three members of an inter-state gang of robber-criminals. Eleven other accused are yet to be arrested, DGP Dinkar Gupta said, giving details of the arrests in the case which took place on the night of 19th August in Village Tharyal of PS Shahpurkandi, District Pathankot. 

Raina’s uncle Ashok Kumar, a contractor, had died on the spot, while his son Kaushal Kumar succumbed to injuries on 31st August and wife Asha Rani is in hospital in critical condition. Two others injured in the attack had been discharged from hospital.

Soon after the incident, the Chief Minister had ordered the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under IGP Border Range Amritsar, with SSP Pathankot, SP Investigation and DSP Dhar Kalan as its members, to investigate the case thoroughly and expeditiously. The SIT, during investigation, gathered all the circumstantial and physical evidences related to the case. More than 100 suspected persons were joined in the investigation, according to the DGP.

Initial investigation has revealed that three members of an inter-state gang of robber-criminals were operating as a gang along with others and had committed several such crimes earlier in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and various parts of Punjab, moving to the crime spots in groups of 2-3 following the natural land marks like Canals, railway lines, high voltage electricity wires etc. 

The arrested accused, identified as Sawan @ Matching, Muhobbat and Shahrukh Khan, currently residents of Chirawa and Pilani jhuggis, District Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. Further investigations are in progress to arrest the 11 absconders, including one identified person, and solve other robberies in which the gang members were involved.