Police arrest another member involved in murder of Suresh Raina's relatives

Police arrest another member involved in murder of Suresh Raina’s relatives

Raina's uncle and cousin were killed in the tragedy.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/The India Today Group via Getty Images)

Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina suffered a major tragedy last year as his uncle and cousin lost their lives during a robbery in their house in Pathankot, Punjab. The devastating incident took place in September 2020 after which Raina even pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. For the unversed, a crop of robbers had barged into the cricketer’s relatives’ house and beaten up the family with sticks before running off with cash and valuables.

While Raina’s uncle, Ashok Kumar, died on the spot, his cousin succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital a few days later. Shattered by the loss, the Chennai Super Kings star had expressed his agony and even urged Punjab Chief Minister to probe into the case. Following the cricketer’s appeal, a Special Investigation Team was formed in Punjab and three members of the gang involved in the attack were arrested in September last year.

Chhajju alias Chhaimar arrested by the police

On Sunday (July 18), another person having a connection with the attack was arrested. “The accused, Chhajju alias Chhaimar, was arrested from Pachpedha village that falls under Baheri police station, in a joint operation by Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) and Punjab Police,” Times Now quoted Additional Superintendent of Police Satyasen Yadav as per saying.

Chhajju told police that he left for Hyderabad after the incident, stayed there for some time, and then returned to his village in Bareilly. The accused also revealed that the women members of the gang had entered the house as a plant sellers. This helped them to collect the information and subsequently, the robbery was executed.

Meanwhile, Raina, who retired from international cricket last year, was last seen in the now-postponed IPL 2021. The gala T20 tournament is set to resume in September in UAE and the left-handed batsman would be raring to make a mark. Raina was in decent form in the first leg of the competition as he scored 123 runs in seven games including a brilliant half-century.

As a result, CSK won five of their seven games and were second in the team standings at season suspension. Hence, Raina would be determined to shine in UAE to take the MS Dhoni-led side to their fourth IPL title.

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