RAMBABU GADARIA gang gunned down five youths of the Gurjar community near Karyara village in Shivpuri district on Sunday night.
The first strike after the death of dacoit Dayaram in a police encounter on August 5 is seen as a retaliatory act. The dacoits suspected Gurjars as police informers.
Agitated over the killings, the Gurjar community blockaded National Highway No. 3 near the Bairad-Pohri road on Monday afternoon.
The agitators lifted the blockade after assurances by Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh and Backward Classes and Minorities Minister Rustam Singh. Nagendra Singh announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each and jobs to the next of kin of the deceased. He ordered suspension of 3 policemen — SO, ASI and a constable — of the Goverdhan police station for negligence.
According to Ranjeet and Wakeel, uncles of deceased Ramraj, the boys used to deliver milk in nearby Bairad and Mohna villages on bicycles. When they did not return late on Sunday evening, Sughar Singh, father of Ramraj, went to Bairad to enquire about them.
After learning that the boys did not show up, Sughar reported the matter to the police. Late at night, a police team found the bodies. There were four gunshots on each of the five victims.
DGP Anand Rao Pawar, MLA Brijendra Tiwari reached the spot with the ministers. Nagendra Singh said combing operations would be intensified in the dacoity-prone area.
Upset over the killing, Ranjeet and Wakeel swore to fight the Gadaria gang. The duo said the police should not interfere in this battle. Though grief-stricken, community members did not show signs of fear.
In the badlands of Chambal, Dayaram was known for tactical skills. Rambabu Gadaria is notoriously cruel and suffers from hearing impairment.
ASP Mangal Singh said dacoits believed that Gopal Gadaria’s encounter was planned after a tip-off by a villager, Dasharath Gurjar. The dacoits wanted the police to hand over Dasharath Gurjar to avenge the death of Gopal.
The Gadaria gang had massacred 13 people at Bhawarpura village in Gwalior district on October 28 two years ago. Of these, eleven persons were from the Gurjar community. Besides Ramraj, other victims were Bunty, 18, Ashok, 22, Bunty, 17, and Suresh.