3 shot, burnt after abduction: Dacoit terror returns in Chitrakoot
The gang carried out the killings on Monday morning, but the bodies were recovered on Tuesday as the police of two states reportedly argued over border issues, said sources.lucknow Updated: Jul 04, 2017 19:43 IST
In what is seen as return of the terror of dacoits in Patha region after eight years, Lalit Patel gang shot three men and burned them after tying them to a tree in Bharat Coop forests of Chitrakoot, police said on Tuesday.
The area is near Banda, the home district of state police chief, Sulkhan Singh.
The victims were kidnapped from different places of Bundelkhand, in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, in the last two-three days.
The Patel gang, it is believed, suspected that the victims were sympathisers of the rival Goppa gang.
The gang carried out the killings on Monday morning, but the bodies were recovered on Tuesday as the police of two states reportedly argued over border issues, said sources.
Senior police officials, including Chitrakoot DIG, Gyaneshwar Tiwari and Chitrakoot SP, Pratap Gopendra, entered the jungles from Kolhua and travelled about 15 km on jeep and seven km on foot to get to the spot.
The charred bodies were recovered and sent for autopsy.
Both Patel and Goppa gangs are engaged in a fierce rivalry for over six months now and have been exchanging fire in MP and UP.
They are targeting people they believe could be helping the rival gang, locals told police.
While Patel is a rising dacoit leader, Goppa carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.
Those kidnapped included Ram Narayan Yadav from Tharpahad village, Dadu Bhai from Tedi Patvan village of Nayagaon police limits of Madhya Pradesh, and one unidentified man in early thirties.
The family members had not informed the police fearing backlash from the dacoit gang.
Officials said empty bullet shells on the spot indicated that they were first shot, and then burnt after being tied to a bamboo tree.
SP Gopendra said the police would go for DNA identification of victims and necessary samples had been collected. The identities of two victims were established through the MP police’s inputs about two men kidnapped by an armed gang.
Police have launched a massive combing operation in the region, which once was home to UP’s most fearsome dacoits like Shiv Kumar Patel ‘Dadua’, Ambika Patel ‘Thokia’, Sudesh Kol and many others.