In a mid-night encounter with dacoits of Gadariya gang in Shivpuri district, the Madhya Pradesh police arrested three dacoits who had a cash reward of Rs 10,000 on their heads.
But, six others, including gang leader Chandan Gadariya and his paramour Chanda -- locally called the “new bandit queen” -- escaped from the spot.
Shivpuri superintendent of police Mohammad Yusuf Qureshi told Hindustan Times over phone that they got a tip-off on late Tuesday about the presence of Gadariya gang members in the Rampura forests.
“We got information that they were planning another kidnapping. A team of local police and anti-dacoit squad reached the forest around 1.30am,” he said.
After an encounter with the dacoits, the police arrested three of them, identified as Kallu Gadariya, Balbir Singh Baghel and Mohan Singh Lodhi.
“We arrested them but the rest of the gang members escaped. Those who escaped were Chandan Gadairiya, Chanda, Bhoja Gadariya, Nawal Singh, Ram Prakash and Sunil. On the last three new members of the gang, we will soon announce a cash reward,” he said.
Qureshi said they also seized two firing weapons and other ammunition such as bullets from the arrested members.
Last month, the state police had announced Rs 10,000 cash reward on Chanda and `30,000 on her lover Chandan Gadairiya, the leader of the gang.
Their gang, locally known as Gadariya gang, is operating in Shivpuri and Gwalior districts. The gang had kidnapped a Rajasthani shepherd Seeta Ram Jat, who was freed on December 21 last year, police said.
Local sources claim Chanda is the maternal cousin of Chandan and she had eloped with him after two years of her marriage. But it couldn’t be confirmed.