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Police net many small fish

THE MADHYA Pradesh police have so far failed to capture any of the major dacoits who are operating in the five ranges of Gwalior, Chambal, Ujjain, Chhattarpur and Rewa, but it was during these anti-dacoity operations that they have managed to nab a large number of small fry who are operating in the area. The maximum numbers of large gangs are operating in the Chambal and Gwalior ranges.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 14:13 IST

THE MADHYA Pradesh police have so far failed to capture any of the major dacoits who are operating in the five ranges of Gwalior, Chambal, Ujjain, Chhattarpur and Rewa, but it was during these anti-dacoity operations that they have managed to nab a large number of small fry who are operating in the area. The maximum numbers of large gangs are operating in the Chambal and Gwalior ranges.

As the recent story of the Gadaria gang kidnapping and then releasing six persons, including Pramod Gupta from Indore, has proved once again – that the major gangs (though considerably weakened) including the Gadaria gang still have the power of striking at will despite all the anti-dacoity operations being carried out by the police.

Out in the search for major dacoit gangs lead by the Gadaria brothers, Gurjar and Dadua, the police have netted a large number of small dacoits who had anywhere between Rs 1000 to Rs 25,000 on their head as rewards, while some of the big fish have Rs 5 lakh on their head.

During the nabbing of these small dacoits police have also recovered a large number of arms and ammunition including 315 bore, 12 bore and revolvers. In the nabbing of dacoits, the Chambal range leads with 38 dacoits, while the Gwalior range comes next. While one dacoit was caught in Ujjain, three each were caught in Chhatarpur and Rewa.

Looking at the figures range-wise, in Gwalior district in Gwalior range, police have captured the maximum 16 dacoits, in Datia district under Chambal range, police have captured 14 dacoits, and in Bhind and Morena districts falling under the same Chambal range, police have captured 12 dacoits each.

In Panna district of Chhatarpur range, police captured Neeraj Pratap Singh who had a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head. Apart from this police have also captured three dacoits having reward of Rs 15,000 each, six dacoits having reward of Rs 10,000 each and maximum of 47 dacoits having Rs 5,000 each as reward on them.

Police have caught only two dacoits who had Rs 1,000 each as rewards. Not all the dacoits who have been captured are now alive, and many were killed in encounters and the killing of Nirbhay Gurjar in an encounter in 2005 is one such example.

First Published: May 10, 2006 14:13 IST