Murder case of Raina’s relatives solved; 3 robbers arrested

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh has said that the State’s Special Investigation Team has solved the case of heist and murder of Suresh Raina’s relatives in the Pathankot district.

The police have arrested three members of the inter-State gang that attacked the family brutally and looted the house last month.

Raina’s uncle was killed by the robbers while in sleep on the terrace of his Pathankot home while his cousin succumbed to injuries later. His paternal aunt is still in critical condition.

Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta has confirmed that 11 other members of the inter-State robbers’ gang are still at large. Efforts are on to arrest them.

Raina, who opted out of the Indian Premier League in the UAE after 13 members in the Chennai Super Kings camp have tested positive for COVID-19, had visited the victims’ family today (Wednesday). He also met the investigation officers.

“This morning in Punjab I met the investigating officers who reportedly have napped (sic) three criminals. I truly appreciate all their efforts. Our loss can’t be recovered but this will surely prevent further crimes to happen. Thank you @PunjabPoliceInd @capt_amarinder for all the help,” he tweeted.

The SIT, said DGP Punjab, had arrested the suspects after a tip-off. The three identified as Sawan (alias Matching), Muhobbat and Shahrukh Khan, are residents of Rajasthan. They were nabbed from a slum dwelling near the Pathankot Railway Station.

The police have recovered two wooden sticks, assumed to be crime weapons, two gold rings and ₹ 1,530 in cash.

The accused have reportedly confessed that they were members of the robbers’ gang that had attacked the family and looted the house. They had escaped with valuables and cash after attacking the members of the family in their sleep.

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