The deceased has been identified as Ashok Kumar, a government contractor. According to police, the incident took place at Thariyal village in Punjab’s Pathankot on the night intervening 19 and 20 August.
Kumar’s elder brother Shyam Lal confirmed that the victim was the cricketer’s uncle. He said Raina is expected to visit the village.
Earlier, a senior police official had said they can’t confirm the victim’s relationship with the cricketer.
According to police, three to four members of the notorious ‘Kale Kachhewala’ gang had come with an intention to loot, attacked Ashok Kumar and his family members at their house in Thariyal village near Madhopur of Pathankot.
At the time of the attack, they were sleeping on the terrace of their house.
Ashok Kumar suffered head injuries and died on the same night, police said. Confirming Kumar’s death, Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police Gulneet Singh Khurana had earlier said he had no confirmation about the victim’s relation with the cricketer.
“We are investigating the matter,” said the SSP.
According to police, robbers decamped with some cash and gold from the house. Kumar’s 80-year-old mother Satya Devi, his wife Asha Devi, sons Apin and Kuashal suffered injuries, said police.
While Satya Devi has been discharged from hospital, others are still undergoing treatment, said Pathankot Superintendent of Police Prabhjot Singh Virk.
CSK: 10 staffers, Team India pacer infected with virus
In a major setback to Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League preparations, at least 10 staff members and one unnamed bowler on 28 August tested positive for coronavirus. As per media reports, Deepak Chahar bowler has also represented India in international matches.
“Yes, a right-arm medium fast bowler, who has recently played for India, along with a few staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” a senior IPL source said on conditions of anonymity. “As far as we know, one of the senior-most officials of the CSK management and his wife, and at least two members of their social media team are also COVID-19 positive,” the unnamed source added.
the health scare in the Chennai team has forced the authorities to extend the team’s quarantine period till 1 September. The report added that the team has undergone a fourth COVID-19 test, the results of which will be out on 29 August.
As per the protocol established by the IPL authorities, players were supposed to be tested on the first, third and sixth days of the quarantine period. Moreover, they would be allowed to train only if they test negative in all three tests. The CSK team arrived in UAE on 21 August.