LAHORE - Ghulam Rasool Mazari alias Chotu has become approver against the same chieftains and officials who helped him dig in the Rajanpur riverine to run a “criminal enterprise” for mutual benefits during the last 28 years.

Chotu who surrendered to the military authorities Tuesday night has promised a “straight talk” to his interrogators with regard to his facilitators whether the local tribal leaders or officials who assisted him to become the unchallenged “crime lord” of southern Punjab Rajanpur riverine for the last 28 years, security agencies’ officials close to the development told The Nation yesterday.

The gangster belonging to Mazari tribe is into the custody of the intelligence agencies of the military while startling disclosures are expected on the pattern of Uzair Baloch, the don of Lyari. However, the security officials declined to share the information about what Chotu would get in return for his cooperation.

Local political figures belonging to Rajanpur say three major tribes reside in their district, Mazari, Dreshak and Gorchani, with partial presence of Leghari. The major movements of Chotu gang were recorded in Mazari and Dreshak areas of influence before its surrender.

Intelligence reports identify grey actions of certain local influential in the area of Chotu activities, but no concrete measures were taken to stop the gang.

Two intelligence services mentioned in their reports movement of building material to Chotu for building concrete bunkers and houses with labour going into the island for construction and recommended immediate action. Nobody knows what measures had been taken by the government to apprehend Chotu’s facilitators.

In another intelligence report, the government had been informed about provision of ammunition to Chotu gang by some unscrupulous law enforcers again recommending an immediate action. Yet another report of similar nature informed the government of the growing threat of the criminal gangs in the area and their nexus with banned outfits and Baloch militants.

In a brief look at the operation, the army took over Zarb-e-Ahan four days back on the request of civilian authorities after their failure to accomplish the task. The intelligence services of the military set up its geo-fencing network in the operational area to intercept the communication of the gang with its facilitators in the settled areas. Some major facilitators were caught because of geo-fencing while informing the gang of the security buildup and their movements.

An underwater net has also been carried out by the Army’s Special Services Group to catch the members of Chotu gang that made escape bids through the river. Some members of Chotu were caught by the commandoes through the underwater net. A platoon of the commandoes belonging to Zarar counter-terrorism company has also been launched in the island.

In another development, a civilian intelligence service in its report said Zarb-e-Ahan had been mishandled by the law-enforcing agencies. The law enforcers used fiber glass boats without any shield to launch the raid at the island which resulted in the deaths of seven personnel hit by Chotu gang’s heavy machine guns. An inquiry is expected against the big bosses soon following the report.