THERE WAS scepticism over the district police claim that they have shot at and injured the most- wanted bandit Rambabu Gadaria in an encounter early on Wednesday morning. Earlier, there were rumours that Gadaria was killed in the encounter.
The police claimed they recovered two .303-bore rifles from the spot of encounter near Aba-Kho under Belgadha police station of district Gwalior.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was in Gwalior on Wednesday, confirmed the police encounter with the Gadaria gang and said other details were still awaited.
Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shami told a group of journalists that Rambabu fled the spot after being shot and injured. According to the police, they came face to face with the Gadaria gang and an exchange of fire ensued. The police believe Gadaria, who carries a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, sustained pellet injury.
The police party that carried out the encounter comprised SP Sanjeev Shami, SDOP Prashant Choube, TI Ashok Bhadauria (Jhansi Road) and others.
Groups of journalists rushed to Belgadha police station to gather first-hand information braving rough terrain without any security cover. But they failed to find any conclusive proof of encounter.
While two groups of journalists went from Aron side, a third group braved jungle from to Harsi Dam and Narwar side and was able to locate the reported encounter spot Aba-Kho under Belgadha police station. None could find any evidence of encounter, leading to scepticism over police claims.
A similar situation had prevailed after Dayaram Gadaria’s encounter on August 5 near Majhera mines under Sujwaya police station of district Shivpuri. Following extensive search the police had recovered on August 16 the decomposed skeleton of Dayaram.