DACOIT SALIM Gujjar and his lover Geeta Jatav were gunned down in an encounter with the Special Operation Group in Ayana forests on Wednesday.
The police team led by DIG (Kanpur) Daljit Chowdhary recovered a light machine gun, a double barrel gun and huge quantity of cartridges from the site of the encounter. Salim was carrying a cash reward of Rs 1.5 lakh on his head.
Director general of police Bua Singh has announced out-of-turn promotions for the 10 SOG personnel involved in the encounter. DIG Chowdhary told HT, Salim was wanted in Rajasthan, UP, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi for over 100 cases of kidnapping and other cases of crime.
Salim, who had taken maximum hits in police operations losing nearly a dozen key members and relatives, was desperately trying to regain lost ground. The SOG was constantly tracing his location in Auraiya and Bhind and planning operation accordingly. The SOG team moved into the Ayana forests on Tuesday night on a tip off from an informer. The entire belt was thoroughly scanned and the gang was located near Kaitholi in a makeshift hideout around 1.45 pm on Wednesday. When challenged, a fierce gun-battle ensued in the dense forest.
Both sides exchanged heavy fire for over 45 minutes. When the firing stopped, the police found two bodies, later identified as that of Salim and his paramour Geeta, who also had a reward of Rs 10,000 on her head.
Lying nearby was his prized possession, the LMG that he had procured for Rs 5 lakh from an army deserter three years ago. Also, a gang member had left his factory made double barrel gun. The police collected 128 empty shells from the encounter site.
The success triggered a series of celebration not only in Auraiya but also in Etawah where crackers were burst and sweets distributed by the policemen and his former victims alike. Salim in fact had become vulnerable ever since he moved into the UP side of the ravines for regrouping to tackle the outgrowth of his closest rival Jajiwan Singh Parihar.