Gadaria aide in cuffs, doubts stay
SMARTING UNDER pressure after the Gadaria gang killed five Gurjar youths, the police claimed a breakthrough on Thursday. A member of the gang, Veera Dhobi (36), was arrested in the morning on the banks of river Sindh at Dabra in Gwalior district.india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 13:46 IST
SMARTING UNDER pressure after the Gadaria gang killed five Gurjar youths, the police claimed a breakthrough on Thursday. A member of the gang, Veera Dhobi (36), was arrested in the morning on the banks of river Sindh at Dabra in Gwalior district.
The police said Veera, carrying a reward of Rs 50,000, was held near sugarcane fields after they were tipped off that he was at Darba to meet his sister. During interrogation in the jungles, Veera said Dayaram Gadaria died in the August 5 encounter near the Majhera mines, police sources said.
He told police that he was part of the gang on the day of the gun battle. Other gang members fled after dumping Dayaram’s body in a ditch around 3 km from the encounter spot. Veera said he was not involved in the recent massacre of the five youths.
The police version came under cloud since they were reportedly using Veera as an informer and through him were planning to get closer to Rambabu. After the police encounter with Dayaram, it was reported in the media that somebody from the gang was passing on information to the police. Apparently, it was Veera and he would have paved the way for the police to eliminate Rambabu.
By presenting Veera the police were apparently trying to deflect pressure from the government, Opposition Congress and people after the Gadaria gang gunned down five youths at Karyara village in Shivpuri district.
During interrogation, Veera reportedly told the police that Dayaram Gadaria had been shot dead in the August 5 encounter near the Majhera mines. Veera was produced at the Dabra JMFC court and remanded in police custody. TI Ashok Bhadauria said several cases of loot, murder, extortion and kidnapping, including Bawarpura and Nonpur Ghati kidnapping of eight bus passengers, were registered against Veera.
After the death of Dayaram, his brother and now gang leader Rambabu had become suspicious of other members, including Veera. That’s why Veera was trying to distance himself from Rambabu.
Veera turned a fugitive after he killed two Brahmins in Rehat on the outskirts of Gwalior in 2001. He later joined the Gadaria gang.
First Published: Nov 10, 2006 13:46 IST