Case Over Murder of Suresh Raina’s Kin ‘Solved’, Three Arrested

The three were from an inter-state gang of robber-criminals and 11 other accused are yet to be arrested.

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday, 16 September, said 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.

Efforts to arrest 11 other criminals, including one identified person, were on and police expected to solve other cases of robberies committed by the gang, DGP Dinkar Gupta said.

The Indian cricketer took to Twitter to thank the authorities and CM Amarinder Singh for their help.

“This morning in Punjab, I met the investigating officers who reportedly have napped three criminals. I truly appreciate all their efforts. Our loss can’t be recovered but this will surely prevent further crimes to happen,” he wrote in the tweet.

Raina lost his uncle and a cousin after the family was attacked at their home in Pathankot reportedly by robbers on 20 August. Ashok Kumar, the cricketer's uncle, died on the spot while his son Kaushal succumbed to his injuries on 31 August.

Case Over Murder of Suresh Raina’s Kin ‘Solved’, Three Arrested
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Three other family members were injured, including Ashok Kumar's wife, Asha Rani, who was reported to be in critical condition. Two others also injured have been discharged from hospital, India Today reported.

Soon after after the attack, the Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) had set up a Special investigation Team (SIT) to carry out a probe. Though initial investigations suggested that the attack had the signature of criminals belonging to a de-notified criminal tribe, who are often seen to operate along the Punjab-Himachal border, the SIT was mandated to examine all possible angles, according to DGP Dinkar Gupta, IANS reported.

India Today reported that the SIT received information that three suspects were staying in Jhuggis near the Pathankot Railway Station, after which a raid was conducted, leading to their capture.

Investigation is underway to arrest the other 11 and solve other robberies involving the gang.

(With inputs from India Today and IANS)

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