Madhya Pradesh police have announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000 on a woman dacoit Chanda and her lover Chandan Gadairiya, the leader of the gang.
Their gang, locally known as Gadariya gang, has started operating in Shivpuri and Gwalior districts of Chambal region.
Police has also sent a proposal for increasing the cash reward on Chandan Gadariya from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. Police has also announced Rs 10,000 cash reward on the rest of the gang members. They include Kallu Gadariya, Balbir Gadariya, Mohan Singh Lodhi and Bhoja Gadariya.
Local sources told HT that Chanda is also the maternal cousin of Chandan Gadairiya and she had eloped with him two years after her marriage.
According to police, the gang had kidnapped a Rajasthani shepherd Seeta Ram Jat on December 11 in Kherona area of Shivpuri district. They had then sought ransom. Jat was freed on December 21 by police following an encounter with the Gadariya gang.
When police questioned Jat, he gave them some information about the gang, including the presence of a woman called Chanda. Inspector general of police (IGP) Gwalior Range Adarsh Katiyar told HT over phone that cash reward had been announced on Gadairiya gang members as the group had started to grow its influence in some parts of Chambal region.
“The recent kidnapping of the Rajasthani shepherd was their first crime. It is a small gang that has just started operating,” he said.