Cricketer Suresh Raina’s Uncle Killed, Aunt Critical

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SRINAGAR: Uncle of cricketer Suresh Raina died while four members of his family sustained injuries

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina’s relative is in critical condition while his uncle died following a brutal attack by robbers in Punjab’s Pathankot district, Dainik Jagran reported.

According to the report the attack took place on the night of August 19 when the family was sleeping on the terrace of their house.

“The assailants, believed to be the members of ‘Kale Kachhewala’ gang, attacked them with lethal weapons when they were in their sleep,” it said.

It is being said that Asha Devi, sister of Raina’s father is fighting for her life in the hospital, while his uncle, identified as 58-year-old Ashok Kumar died in the attack. His cousins – 32-year-old Kaushal Kumar and 24-year-old Apin Kumar also sustained injuries in the attack. Deceased Ashok Kumar’s 80-year-old mother also sustained serious injuries in the attack, Dainik Jagran reported.

Meanwhile, the police have paced their investigation after getting to know that the victims are the close relatives of Suresh Raina.

A team of police and forensic experts have collected evidence from the spot. The police also took help from the dog squad to identify the attackers but failed to get any clue. According to news agency PTI, the attackers were reportedly from the notorious ‘Kale Kachhewala’ gang and came with the intentions of robbery.

Earlier in the day, Chenna Super Kings CEO KS Viswanathan announced that Suresh Raina has returned to India for “personal reasons” and will not be available for the remainder of the IPL 2020 season. However, it was not clear whether this was the reason the star CSK player pulled out of the tournament.

“Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time: KS Viswanathan, CEO,” the Chennai Super Kings tweeted.

Raina belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family from Rainawari in Srinagar. His father worked in the Army. A good singer, he hailed the move of abrogating the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Taking on to Twitter, he wrote, that it was a landmark move to scrap Article 370 and that he was looking forward to smoother, and more inclusive times.

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