HAS ALLAHABAD turned out to be a safe haven for criminal activities of the Chitrakoot bandits? If the revelation made by STF sleuths is to be believed, the answer is ‘yes’.
The STF team gunned down a dreaded dacoit Ambika Patel alias Raj Karan, Thokia gang’s sharpshooter, in Colonelganj area of Allahabad on Wednesday night.
Thokia gang is a the rival of notorious dacoit Dadua.
Both the gangs are active in Chitrakoot and Madhya Pradesh (MP).
ASP STF Ashok Tripathi, who led the operation, revealed that the bandits in Chambal and Chitrakoot regions prefer to carry out their dealings related to purchasing of arms and ammunition and discussing with their agents about the vital preys for kidnapping in nearby cities.
Tripathi further said that the gang lords who hail from Etah, Auraiyya and Etawah visit Kanpur. Those who are from Mainpuri go to Agra to carry out their operation.
Since Allahabad is close to Chitrakoot, the accomplices of Dadua and Thokia frequently visited the city, he added.
Top cops are already aware of the fact that Dadua’s brother Bal Kumar was staying in Allahabad for several years.
His influence in the corridors of power was evident from the fact that he was given police gunners as his escort. Bal Kumar used to visit senior police officials in Allahabad and its adjoining districts.
When inquired about the hideouts of the bandits and their gang members in Allahabad, ASP Tripathi revealed that the outlaws got safe refuge at the hostels of Allahabad University and the private flats occupied by the varsity students.
Several students belonging to Chitrakoot and Banda reportedly provide shelter to these gangsters.
The local police hardly keep vigil on the places where the students stay. The bandits find these places safe to meet their agents who provide them information about those who could be kidnapped, he said.
Dealings for arms and ammunition also took place at these hideouts only, ASP Tripathi said. The STF sleuths were now collecting details about those students who provided shelter to the brigands who visit them from Chitrakoot region.