While Bihar Police claim to be tightening noose around anti-socials, there are still several of them at large for nearly two decades. Many of them even carry rewards on their heads.
Take for instance Ajay Rai of Gopalganj. There are over 100 cases of kidnapping, murder, extortion and loot against him. Though he is wanted for over a decade, he can be seen moving around freely. He has also developed political clout.
Bhagar Yadav is another example. Resident of Balua Rampur under Bairiya police station in West Champaran district, he has been evading arrest for over two decades. He exercises dominance over the crops produced in the diara regions.
Hari Yadav, with more than 80 cases against him, is another notorious criminal.
There are several others too, like Bansi Yadav, Baidyanath Yadav, Sanjay Yadav, Basudeo Yadav, Harnam Yadav, who hold sway in a radius of 80 kms stretching from Valmiki Nagar in West Champaran to Paharpur in East Champaran.
While Bansi Yadav managed to get his wife elected as mukhiya of Chandraha panchayat, Bhagar's son Amar Yadav is the chairman of Zila Parishad.
Earlier, his brother Sattan Yadav was elected as MLA from Nautan in 1995. Sattan, who was awarded life imprisonment a few years back, is currently on bail.
The police recently launched a drive to curb their economic power. Under a well-thought out plan, the police destroyed sugarcane crops of several gangleaders.
Bagaha Superintendent of Police Vikas Vaibhav said a notorious criminal, Awadhesh Yadav, surrendered before the police with firearms last week due to mounting police pressure. Yadav, a prime accused in the Chandraha Rupaulia carnage, was wanted in over 20 cases of kidnapping, murder, extortion and dacoity, he added.
Awadhesh was earlier associated with Lalu Yadav gang, who was killed in a police encounter a few years ago.
After the death of Lalu, he joined Bansi Yadav gang and later formed his own gang, Vaibhav said, adding a few other criminals like Harnam Yadav, who is facing over 80 cases, have expressed their willingness to surrender.
West Champaran SP BS Meena said many gang leaders operating in the diara region were equipped with sophisticated weapons.
As part of the strategy to corner the criminals, the police got the sugarcane crops belonging to Bagar Yadav harvested recently, he said.