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Suresh Raina breaks silence on IPL return, confirms attack on his family in Punjab

Suresh Raina had earlier announced withdrawal from this season's Indian Premier League after his family was allegedly attacked by robbers in the Pathankot district of Punjab.

Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina finally broke his silence merely three days after pulling out of the Indian Premier League. The cricketer took to social media on Tuesday to reveal details of the horrible incident that killed his uncle and a cousin.

In a two-part post, the 33-year-old cricketer said that his uncle and one of his cousins were killed in an alleged attack by robbers in the Pathankot district of Punjab.

“What happened to my family is Punjab was beyond horrible. My uncle was slaughtered to death, my bua & both my cousins had severe injuries. Unfortunately, my cousin also passed away last night after battling for life for days. My bua is still very very critical and is on life support,” Raina tweeted.

Suresh Raina statement on family

Raina further informed that his aunt and younger cousin suffered severe injuries. He further demanded a thorough investigation into the violent attack on his family.

“Till date, we don’t know what exactly had happened that night & who did this. I request @PunjabPoliceInd to look into this matter. We at least deserve to know who did this heinous act to them. Those criminals should not be spared to commit more crimes. @capt_amarinder @CMOPb,” Raina said in another tweet.

This is Suresh Raina’s first statement about his family since landing in the country. The incident occurred on the night intervening August 19 and 20 in Thariyal village in Pathankot district. His uncle, Ashok Kumar, 58, and cousin, Kaushal Kumar 32, died a few days later after the attack.

Ashok’s wife Asha Devi is still critical, while his second son, Apin, 28, is out of danger. “The second son has undergone surgery for an injury to his jaw”, Senior Superintendent of Police, Pathankot, Gulneet Singh Khurana said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Ashok’s mother Satya Devi, 80, has already been discharged from the hospital.

Last week Raina pulled out of the upcoming IPL 2020 citing personal reasons. The Chennai Super Kings CEO KS Viswanathan released a statement on Saturday stating that the cricketer will remain unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season.

“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,” the tweet read.

The IPL 2020 is slated to premiere from September 19 to November 10, across three venues in the UAE- Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.

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