In a crime straight out of celluloid, a 50-year-old alleged dacoit was tied with a rope and dragged behind a jeep before his limbs were chopped off with swords in public at a Rajasthan town on Wednesday.
Nathu Gujjar, who faced 15 cases of theft and dacoity, was later taken to a nearby government hospital at Sawai Madhopur town, around 180 km from state capital Jaipur, where he succumbed to his injuries early on Thursday, the police said.
The motive behind the attack was said to be old rivalry with other miscreants of the area.
“Seven persons, including the main accused Sonu Kir, have been arrested. The matter is of rivalry and revenge between two gangs,” additional superintendent of police Shantanu Kumar Singh said.
Sonu Kir, 28, killed Gujjar with the help of his friends to avenge the death of his father, Moolchand Kir, six years ago.
“Sonu Kir and his gang dragged Gujjar to the same spot at a vegetable market where his father was attacked and badly injured,” Singh said. Gujjar reportedly said in a statement before his death that he had beaten up Sonu Kir and Moolchand Kir in 2004 and Sonu Kir wanted revenge.
Tension gripped the Alanpur locality following the ghastly crime, which took place near a police station. The police deployed extra force to maintain law and order.
“After watching the gang stab Gujjar and cut off his limbs, people are not ready to talk to the police,” Singh said.