A 20-year-old woman, Anarkali, who joined an inter-state gang of dacoits to avenge the killing of her dacoit brother by the police in 2013, was arrested by the police from Teonthar area of Rewa district on Tuesday evening.
A native of Dadari area in Rewa and a class 8 dropout, Anarkali Vishwakarma is the wife of wanted inter-state dacoit Anjani Mallah -- arrested from Dadari forests in February, 2016.
Anarkali is the first woman member of an inter-state gang of dacoits in the Satna-Rewa-Chitrakoot region of MP-UP which has been dominated by dreaded dacoits including Dadua, Thokia and Balkhadiya in the past.
Anarkali was wanted in at least five cases and carried a reward of Rs 5,000 on her head.
Her husband was wanted in several cases of loot, dacoity and firing on police officials and carried a reward of Rs 15,000.
According to sub divisional officer police (SDOP-Teonthar), Anarkali -- who operated in Dadari jungles dressed as a female cop -- was accused in five criminal cases including the May, 2015 attack on a police team led by Teonthar police outpost in-charge SK Khare.
Anarkali was an integral part of the Chotu Mallah gang of dacoits. The gang leader Chotu Mallah (carrying a bounty of Rs 1.25 lakh) was gunned down in a police encounter by MP police in 2011.
After Chotu’s elimination by the police, his most trusted gang member Anjani took over the reigns of the gang. A year later, another gang member Lala Lohar (Anarkali’s brother) carrying Rs 25,000 bounty was killed by the police in an encounter in 2012.
This provoked then 17-year-old Anarkali to join the Chotu Mallah gang in 2013 and marry the gang leader Anjani.
The gang was weakened after gang leader Anjani’s arrest in February, 2016 forcing Anarkali to flee to Surat in Gujarat.
“She returned to Rewa on Monday and was planning to regroup with the remaining gang members including Brijendra Lohar (carrying Rs 15,000 bounty) and some freshly recruited men. However, her plans were cut short when our team working on a tip-off nabbed her while she was travelling in a passenger jeep on Tuesday evening in Dadari area. She was produced before a court in Rewa on Wednesday and sent into judicial custody,” the Teonthar SDOP said.