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'Dadua' will decide fate of Chitrakoot assembly elections

Dacoit Shiv Kumar Patel alias Dadua's writ runs large in the two assembly segments of Karbi and Manikpur, reports Rajesh Kumar Singh.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2007 18:23 IST

Dadua (dacoit), Dadu (powerful) and Dabang (influential ) will decide the fate of the candidates contesting Vidhan Sabha election in the assembly segments located in Chitrakoot district.

Dacoit Shiv Kumar Patel alias Dadua's writ runs large in the two assembly segments of Karbi and Manikpur.

According to the natives of the villages located in the ‘patha’ area of the district, Dadua had told them that this time cycle (Samajwadi Party) would run in his area. In the last election he had supported ‘haathi’(BSP).

Dadua's terror is clearly seen among the villagers. Residents of Chamrauha village said Dadua had told them that he would cut off their fingers if they did not cast vote in favour of the candidate supported by him.

Soon after the local bodies election, Dadua started preparation for the Vidhan Sabha elections. He has prepared a network of loyal supporters in each village.Those who show even a little resistance get severe punishment. In Kota Gadhaula village, eyes of a villager were gauged out by Dadua supporters when he refused to obey the order of Dadua.

Few days back Munni Lal Mishra and Harish Lal Mishra the father and son duo were caught and burnt alive by the Dadua gang. Mishra had resisted the Dadua gang in Mau area of the district.

Sambhu Ram Chamar and Ramswaymbar Kori resident of Ramgarh village were beaten mercilessly by Dadua. Both were campaigning for Dadua's rival candidate .

Habib and his son Ghulam were shot dead in Mango Mothan village after they refused to pay rangdari tax to Dadua. “If you do not support my candidates be ready to meet the fate of Mishra, Habib, Kori and Zamindar”, Dadua has told the villagers.

“It’s terrorism unleashed by Dadua”, said Devbhuti Kushwaha pradhan of Itawa village. Dadua's men have visited majority of the villages during night and informed the villagers about the order of their ‘sardar’.

The message has gone far and wide. Pointing his finger toward the hills, Ramnaresh Raidas, a resident of Upardila village, says “Jo upar wala kahega wahi karenge” (we would follow the order of those who are camping in the hills). “Dadua need not put up any poster or banner to inform the villagers about his choice.We all know which candidate he is supporting”, residents of Chamrauha village said.

The incharge of Manikpur police station was patrolling near Anchiura village. “We received information that some dacoits have taken shelter in the village but we canot complete the combing operation, since the police force has to leave the area before sunset”, he said and the police team started moving back to Manikpur.

Dadua is not the only dacoit active in the area, there are smaller groups too that have been nicknamed ‘Dadu’ by the villagers. The Dadus, including Radhey, Khadag Singh, Shivkaran Yadav, Angad, Chelwa etc are also supporting one candidate or the other in the Vidhan Sabha election. And villagers are forced to follow Dadus' directives .

The residents of Doda Mafia village have permanently sealed the windows of their houses."The dacoits felt that we were keeping a watch on their activities from the windows and directed us to get the windows permanently closed. It has been a fortnight now. The dacoits open fire on the houses where windows are found open," the villagers said.

In every village, villagers complained that the local police never helped the villagers. In fact they provided information to the dacoits and helped them in escaping whenever PAC planned to launch combing operation.

As if Dadua and Dadu were not enough, villagers are also threatened by ‘Dabangs’ (influential). Each village in this district has a ‘dabang’ who is either a big landholder, contractor or a businessman. Majority of the villagers work in the fields of these ‘dabangs’and are pressured to follow the directives of their masters.

First Published: Apr 18, 2007 18:14 IST