RAJANPUR: Policemen that took part in the operation against the Chotu gang in Kacha Jamal area reveal that insufficient resources and equipments available to the police were a major factor in the operation becoming a failure.

Sources have indicated that the police officers lacked ammunition as one officer was provided with a hundred and fifty rounds only. An officer revealed that the policemen were forced to fight against the Chotu gang for three days on an empty stomach.

Policeman Qazi Ubaid Ullah hesitated to fight in Kacha Jamal on an empty stomach but he was threatened to be fired by the authorities on the account of which, he was forced to participate in the offence. Ubaid Ullah received martyrdom while fighting against the Chotu gang .

Sources have also stated that the relatives of Chotu gang are also not willing to cooperate with the police and are acting as informers.

The operation, named Zarb-e-Ahan, is being carried out at Kacha (riverbed area) of Indus River between Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan.

IG Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera held a meeting with Corps Commander Multan and requested for military’s help in the operation.

Earlier, at least seven policemen were martyred and three others injured during the operation. At least 25 personnel were held hostage by the Chotu gang when security forces tried to enter a forest in an island in the area.

Fierce clashes between police and criminals also continued today in riverine area of Kachi Mooro.