RED IN the face after massacre of five Gurjars by bandit Gadaria gang in village Karyara on Sunday night, the police late on Monday night held a closed-door meeting chaired by DGP Anand Rao Pawar. The meeting that lasted for about two and a half hours was dominated by discussion on adopting measures to eliminate Gadaria gang within a month.
Besides, the letter left by the gang at the spot also figured in the meeting. Initially, the police never wanted to publicise the contents of the letter fearing that it might create panic in the Gurjar community.
The police had found a letter near the spot containing names of Dayaram, Rambabu, Pratap, Mahendra, Sarnam and Veera Dhobi. The police sources said the letter was written on a small piece of paper in broken Hindi. It said the Gurjar community members were targeted because they were police informers and a villager Dashrath Gurjar of Ghatigaon (Banjara Khirak) was not handed over to dacoits till date. The dacoits hold Dashrath responsible for killing of bandit Gopal Gadaria, brother of Dayaram, in a police encounter.
Inspector General of Police Sarabjit Singh said the claim in the letter that Dayaram Gadaria was alive was a ploy to mislead the police and people.
The letter said police should stop ‘unnecessary harassment’ of the Gadaria community. It contained derogatory remarks against senior police officials of Gwalior and Chambal range.
Police force has been deployed at Banjara Khirak. Suresh and Bunty, who were among the five massacred on Sunday night, were distant relatives of Dashrath Gurjar.
Conceding the demand for more police force, DGP Pawar assured SPs of Gwalior and Shivpuri to provide two more battalions in addition. It was decided to strengthen information and communication system, provide more ammunition for force, and to mobilise experienced police officers. The police also decided to set up temporary check-posts in sensitive locations. Communication-intercepting devices would be provided to police field staff.