The last of the Chambal region's feared dacoits, Balak Das Dimar, was killed in a gunfight with the police on Friday afternoon.
Inspector general of police (Chambal) DS Sagar said Balak and his close aide Dinesh Jatav were killed in Mahuda Mata Mandir in Chendva forests of Datia district in Madhya Pradesh, about 550 km from Indore.
A third member of the Balak's gang, Prema Dimar, was arrested after the shootout.
The police of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh had been hunting for Balak, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head, for the past few months. Though he was involved in several abductions, he had never killed any of his hostages.
Chambal, which is at the confluence of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, was once home to a number of dacoits such as the legendary Man Singh, Phoolan Devi (who became an MP) and Paan Singh Tomar (whose life inspired a hit Bollywood movie of the same name).
A resident of Jakhoti village in Bhind district, Balak was close to several dacoits in the early 90s before he turned a police informer.
He used to harbor, and was very close to, dreaded dacoit Raghuveer Dimar. Later, he formed his own gang and started operating from Ratangarh in Datia.
The gang comprised Balak's son Kari Singh, brother Lal Singh and 10 others, two of them women whose role was to bargain for ransom money, police sources said.